'Regular training': Amid Ukraine tensions, Putin to oversee Russia's nuclear drills

WION Web Team
Moscow Updated: Feb 19, 2022, 09:09 AM(IST)

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The Kremlin added that its actions involving the latest military exercise were 'absolutely transparent and clear for professionals from other countries' and that it 'shouldn't be a concern to anybody'

Amid continued tensions with Ukraine at the border, Russia announced it will conduct an exercise of the "strategic deterrence force under the direction of supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin".

Russia's defence ministry said it will launch "ballistic and cruise missiles" during the drills while adding that the "strategic deterrence force drills" were planned in advance.

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The latest Russian drills are aimed at proving "reliability of the strategic nuclear and conventional forces’ weapons" with combat teams, ships and strategic missile carriers in operation, the defence ministry said.

The drills will involve the aerospace force, the southern military district, the strategic missile force and the Northern and Black Sea fleets with all "three components" of the strategic nuclear forces involved in the exercise.

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Russia's TASS news agency said during the drills, as a practice Russian forces will fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards the Kura proving ground in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East.

Russia had said this week that it would be pulling some troops from Ukraine's border which were involved in military exercise with Belarus, also the Russian defence ministry said mid-week that forces involved in military exercise in Crimea were being sent back to the barracks, although it said the warplanes were being redeployed to other regions for drills.

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"Putin will likely be in Russia's 'situation centre' to oversee nuclear drills. Such drills and even training launches are impossible without the head of the state," the Kremlin said, adding, "training launches of ballistic missiles is a regular training process."

The Kremlin added that its actions were "absolutely transparent and clear for professionals from other countries" and that it "shouldn't be a concern to anybody" while adding that no one should feel "alarmed" about it.

Amid escalating tensions, President Biden said on Saturday that he is "convinced" President Putin has decided to invade Ukraine while adding that Russia could engineer a false pretext to go to war.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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