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Russian drills to deploy tactical nuclear weapons for fight concerned the particular supply of dummy nuclear warheads to ahead storage factors and an airfield the place they have been loaded on bombers, in line with Russia‘s nuclear unit.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the nuclear drills after what Russia said were threats from the West, including signals from Western officials that they would allow Ukraine to strike deep into Russia with Western weapons.

Drills have taken place in the south of Russia, which borders Ukraine, and with the involvement of soldiers from the Leningrad military district in Russia‘s northwest, and have included mobile missile launchers, the air force and navy.

In a rare statement, Russia‘s 12 Main Directorate (12 GU MO), which guards, maintains, transports and delivers Russia‘s vast arsenal of nuclear weapons, said that the drills would be analysed to make improvements.

The nuclear directorate “ensured the delivery of nuclear training munitions to the field storage points of the missile brigade’s positional space and the operational airfield of assault aviation,” it mentioned.

“Further improvement of the training of non-strategic nuclear forces will be determined in order to ensure the fulfilment of tasks in various scenarios for development of the military-political situation.”

Russian soldiers load a Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile launchers at a firing position as part of Russian military drill intended to train the troops in using tactical nuclear weapons
Russian troopers load a Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile launchers at a firing place as a part of Russian army drill meant to coach the troops in utilizing tactical nuclear weapons (AP)

Footage launched by the defence ministry confirmed Russian sailors specializing in a dummy goal after which counting right down to launch, together with urgent the “launch” button.

Russia says the United States and its European allies are pushing the world to the brink of nuclear confrontation by giving Ukraine billions of {dollars} value of weapons, a few of that are getting used in opposition to Russian territory.

All main nuclear powers – Russia, the United States, China, France and Britain – maintain nuclear drills, however it is rather uncommon to hyperlink them explicitly in public to a significant present disaster – as Russia has performed over Ukraine.

By doing so, Russia is attempting to ship a sign to the United States and its greatest European allies that permitting Ukraine to strike Russia with ever greater and extra superior Western weapons is an escalation that would have penalties.

The United States says it has seen no change to Russia‘s strategic posture, though senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have to take Moscow’s remarks about nuclear weapons critically.

Russia and the United States are by far the world’s greatest nuclear powers, holding about 88% of the world’s nuclear weapons, in line with the Federation of American Scientists.

Russian soldiers load a Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile launchers at a firing position as part of Russian military drill
Russian troopers load a Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile launchers at a firing place as a part of Russian army drill (AP)

The United States has about 100 non-strategic B61 nuclear weapons deployed in 5 European nations – Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands, in line with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The U.S. has one other 100 such weapons inside its borders.

Russia has about 1,558 non-strategic nuclear warheads, although arms management specialists say it is rather tough to say simply what number of there are on account of secrecy.

Putin mentioned final week that a lot of Russia‘s tactical nuclear weapons were 70-75 kilotons of explosive power – around five times the size of the U.S. nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

A truck of Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile launchers moves to a firing position as part of Russian military drill intended to train the troops in using tactical nuclear weapons.
A truck of Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile launchers moves to a firing position as part of Russian military drill intended to train the troops in using tactical nuclear weapons. (AP)

Meanwhile The Kremlin said on Thursday there was no reason for any country, including the United States, to be worried about the presence of Russian warships in Cuba on an exercise.

A Russian navy frigate and a nuclear-powered submarine churned into Havana harbour on Wednesday, a stopover the U.S. and Cuba said posed no threat but which was widely seen as a Russian show of force as tensions rise over the Ukraine war.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said there was no evidence of Russia transferring any missiles to Cuba, but that the U.S. would remain vigilant.

When asked about purported nervousness in Washington over the fear that Russia could transfer military personnel to Cuba or even create a military base on the island, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said such exercises were common practice.

“This is a normal practice for all states, including such a large maritime power as Russia,” Peskov told reporters. “So we don’t see any motive to fret on this case.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-nuclear-weapons-putin-ukraine-b2562022.html