Russia began military exercises with tactical nuclear weapons near the Ukrainian border

Russia began military exercises with tactical nuclear weapons near the Ukrainian border
Russia began military exercises with tactical nuclear weapons near the Ukrainian border

Russia begins tactical nuclear weapons exercises near Ukraine

Russia announced on Tuesday the start of tactical nuclear weapons exercises nearly Ukraineannounced at the beginning of the month by the Russian president, Vladimir Putinin what he described as a response to Western “threats.”

The exercises include “practical training in the preparation and use of non-strategic nuclear weapons”, (Russian Ministry of Defense/REUTERS)

“In accordance with the order of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, in the Southern Military District under the direction of the General Staff, the “first stage of practical exercises for the preparation and use of non-strategic nuclear weapons”The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Members of the Russian armed forces on an Iskander missile delivery system capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. (Russian Defense Ministry/Reuters)

Throughout its two-year offensive against Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly praised its nuclear weapons arsenal and his willingness to deploy them if he perceives an existential threat.

The West has accused the president Putin of irresponsible nuclear behavior.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that The exercises were carried out in its Southern Military District, which borders and includes parts of Ukraine that Moscow claims to have annexed. He didn’t specify exactly where.

The goal of the exercises is to ensure that units and equipment are prepared for “the combat use of non-strategic nuclear weapons to respond and unconditionally guarantee the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Russian state,” the ministry said. (Russia Defense/Reuters)

According to the Ministry of Defense, missiles were used in the first phase of the exercise Iskander and Kinzhal.

The exercises are designed to test “the readiness of personnel and equipment of non-strategic nuclear weapons combat units to respond and unconditionally guarantee the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Russian State”said the Ministry of Defense.

He added that they were a “response to provocative statements and threats by certain Western officials.”

Putin ordered the exercises earlier this month after a series of Western statements on the Ukraine conflict sparked Moscow’s ire.

According to the Ministry of Defense, Iskander and Kinzhal missiles were used in the first phase of the exercise. (Russian Ministry of Defense/REUTERS)

Russian officials noted the French president’s comments, Emmanuel Macronabout the need for the countries of the NATO do not rule out the deployment of troops to Ukraine, and the British Foreign Secretary, David Cameronsaying that kyiv had the right to fire Western missiles at Russian territory.

Security analysts say the exercise is designed as a Putin’s warning sign to deter the West to wade deeper into the war in Ukraine, where it has provided weapons and intelligence to kyiv but refrained from sending troops.

He Russia’s Southern Military District is the command center of its offensive against Ukraine. It has its headquarters in Rostov-on-Don60 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, and also includes parts of the country that Russia claims to have annexed: the regions of Crimea, Donetsk, Kherson, Lugansk and Zaporozhye.

The Ministry of Defense published images showing trucks transporting missiles to a field where launch systems were being prepared and troops at an airfield preparing a bomber to carry a nuclear warhead.

Trucks transporting missiles to a field where launch systems were being prepared (Russian Ministry of Defense/Reuters)

This is the “first phase” of the exerciseswhich practice loading launch vehicles, driving to designated launch points, and loading aircraft with hypersonic missiles Kinzhal and Iskander .

He did not indicate whether they had been carried out test shots.

Belaruswhere Russia said last year it was deploying tactical nuclear weapons, will also participate in the exercisesas both countries have declared.

Tactical nuclear weapons, also known as non-strategic nuclear weapons, are designed for use on the battlefield and can be launched by missiles.

Russia revoked its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty last year (CTBT), although the moratorium remains in force as long as the US does not carry out tests of this type.

(With information from AFP, Reuters and EFE)

 
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