Russia says its forces have practiced simulated nuclear-capable missile strikes


The Russian Department of Defense said his powers in Baltic Fleet successfully practiced a nuclear-capable missile attack along with Iskander operational and short-range tactical missile complexes in the western enclave Kaliningrad Region.

“As part of combat training of the forces of the Baltic Fleet in the Kaliningrad region, a simulated missile attack exercise using the Iskander operational and tactical missile complexes was conducted,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The renewed military drill is coming at the right time Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine marked its 70th day killing thousands and displacing millions.

In the combat training exercise, the soldiers secretly moved rocket launchers to a specific spot and fired the rocket at the dummy enemy’s position, the Defense Ministry said.

“During the exercise, the rocket launchers secretly moved to the designated position area, where, after equipping the launch positions, they conducted individual and group electronic launches on targets simulating rocket launchers, airfields, protected facilities, the concentration of military equipment and the command posts of the pseudo-enemy,” it was said.

The Russian soldiers practiced subsequent movements in case of enemy reaction and performed a position change maneuver after the launches to “evade a possible retaliatory strike”.

Ministry officials added that the combat crews of the Baltic crew’s missile unit practiced exercises “in conditions of radiation and chemical contamination, as well as to repel an attack by sabotage and reconnaissance groups of a pseudo-enemy.”

In this latest military exercise, Russian troops focused on improving their formation and unit cohesion at ground zero, professional skills of personnel when required to penetrate specific areas, and combat vehicle camouflage.

More than 100 military personnel and about 20 units of military and special equipment were involved in Wednesday’s exercise, the Defense Ministry said.

The Russian President has repeatedly warned Ukraine and its Western allies of the dire consequences of Moscow’s invasion of former Soviet territory.

Russia has stationed nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad and is using them as a threat even before the invasion was ordered on February 24, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said.

“Nuclear weapons have always been stored in Kaliningrad… the international community, the countries of the region, are perfectly aware of that,” the minister said.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has accused Russia of “recourse to missile terrorism tactics” to spread fear in Ukraine. The comments came shortly after Russian forces fired sea and air missiles to destroy electricity installations at five railway stations in the besieged country.

The artillery and aircraft also hit troop bases and fuel and ammunition depots in Ukraine, possibly destroying a bridge.

Russia’s nuclear stockpile is estimated at about 4,477 warheads, of which about 1,588 are strategic warheads that can be deployed on ballistic missiles and heavy bomber bases.

In its reserve, Russia has approximately 977 additional strategic warheads, along with 1,912 non-strategic warheads. Russia says its forces have practiced simulated nuclear-capable missile strikes

Bobby Allyn

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