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Russia Conducts Strategic Nuclear Maneuvers

Rusia efectúa maniobras nucleares estratégicas, EFE

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Russia conducted maneuvers of its strategic nuclear forces “Grom” (Thunder), which were presided over by videoconference by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the exercises, the first since the start of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine in February, a drill of a “massive nuclear launch by strategic offensive forces in response to an enemy nuclear attack” was conducted, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

Shoigu, who addressed Putin as “comrade” and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, briefed the president on the progress of the maneuvers, which lasted only a few minutes.

Russian strategic forces launched ballistic and cruise missiles from the Tula atomic submarine, two Tu-95MC strategic bombers, and Yars land-based mobile intercontinental ground-launched missile systems, which were fired from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

Sineva ballistic missiles were also launched from the Barents Sea in the northern European part of Russia to the Kura range on the Kamchatka peninsula, which is bathed by the Pacific Ocean.

“The planned targets during the exercises of the strategic containment forces have been fully met. All missiles hit their targets,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

The “Grom” exercises are aimed at testing the level of readiness of the command centers of the nuclear forces, he said.

As reported Tuesday by the Pentagon, Russia informed the US of its plans, which coincide with NATO’s Steadfast Noon nuclear exercises, held every year for the past decade.

This was stated in press statements by US Department of Defense spokesman General Pat Ryder, who explained that “Russia is fulfilling its arms control obligations and transparency commitments with these notifications”.

Five days before the start of the “special military operation,” Putin presided over exercises of nuclear forces using hypersonic weaponry, which the Kremlin considers capable of circumventing any missile shield.

In addition, on February 27 the head of the Kremlin put its nuclear deterrent forces on alert, triggering concerns in Ukraine and the West about the possible use of nuclear weapons.

After offering the West a moratorium on missile deployment in Europe, the Kremlin warned that if the U.S. deployed offensive weaponry on the continent, Russia would target its missiles at American territory.

Recently, Putin warned that Russia will use the entire arsenal in its power to defend its territorial integrity and that of the four annexed Ukrainian regions – Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporiyia.

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