On October 8, 2014, the life long antinuclear campaigner and author Helen Caldicott addressed the National Press Club Newsmakers in Washington, DC. She said that the United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill millions of people in a single day.
Over the last eight months, since Russia annexed Crimea in response to the Western-orchestrated coup in Kiev, there have been almost 40 incidents involving Western and Russian air and naval forces. That’s according to a report issued by the London-based, European Leadership Network on November 10, 2014. The report said that “to perpetuate a volatile standoff between a nuclear armed state and a nuclear armed alliance is risky at best.” (and) “could prove catastrophic at worst.”
The group’s findings added weight to comments made by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union. Speaking before the Brandenburg Gate on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev said: “Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in dialogue between the major powers is of enormous concern…The world is on the brink of a new Cold War…Some are even saying that it’s already begun.”