Russia Practices Nuclear Capable Missile Attacks – The Citizen

Russia on Wednesday said its forces carried out simulated nuclear-capable missile attacks in the western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the midst of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.

The announcement came on the 70th day of Moscow’s military action in the pro-Western country, with thousands dead and over 13 million displaced in Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.

After sending troops to Ukraine at the end of February, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued barely veiled threats suggesting a willingness to deploy Russian tactical nuclear weapons.

During Wednesday’s war games in the Baltic Sea enclave located between EU members Poland and Lithuania, Russia practiced simulated “electronic launches” of nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems, the Defense Ministry said. in a note.

Russian forces have practiced single and multiple strikes against targets by mimicking the launchers of missile systems, airports, protected infrastructure, military equipment and command posts of a mock enemy, the statement said.

After carrying out the “electronic” launches, the military personnel carried out a maneuver to change positions in order to avoid “a possible retaliatory attack”, added the Ministry of Defense.

The combat units also practiced “actions in conditions of radiation and chemical contamination”.

The exercises involved more than 100 soldiers.

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Russia put nuclear forces on alert shortly after Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.

The head of the Kremlin warned of “lightning-fast” retaliation if the West intervenes directly in the Ukrainian conflict.

Observers say Russian state television has been trying to make the use of nuclear weapons more appealing to the public in recent days.

“We have been hearing on our television screens for two weeks that nuclear silos should be opened,” said Russian newspaper editor Dmitry Muratov on Tuesday.