The Missile Crisis: Why Cubans Felt Betrayed by the USSR

  • Atahualpa Amerisa @atareportira
  • BBC News World

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Millions of Cubans lived for more than a week on the brink of a nuclear holocaust.

Sixty years later, those who are still alive to talk about it, remember what they went through in those days as if it were yesterday.

Between June and October 1962, the Soviet Union secretly stationed an entire military contingent on the island, which included 42 missiles reach medium with atomic warheads capable of reaching and destroying entire cities in the United States in minutes.

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The Soviet Union deployed its powerful R-12 and R-14 missiles in Cuba, with a range of 2,000 and 3,000 kilometers, respectively, and capable of carrying nuclear warheads with an explosive capacity a hundred times greater than the Hiroshima bomb.

After discovering the threat, US President John F. Kennedy announced a naval blockade of the island on television on October 22. If the Soviet ships tried to evade, war between the two nuclear powers was deserved at that moment.

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