Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday observed military exercises that involved simulating a retaliatory “massive nuclear strike,” which coincided with NATO nuclear exercises being held in Europe.
The Kremlin said that under the leadership of Putin, “a training session was held with ground, sea, and air strategic deterrence forces, during which practical launches of ballistic and cruise missiles took place.”
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Russian leader that the missile launches were meant to simulate “the tasks of carrying out a massive nuclear strike by the strategic nuclear forces in retaliation for the enemy’s nuclear strike.”
As part of the drills, a Yars land-based intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a spaceport in northwest Russia. A Sineva ballistic missile was launched from a submarine in the Barents Sea, and two Tu-95MS long-range bombers fired two cruise missiles.
NATO’s nuclear drills, which Belgium is hosting, do not include live-fire exercises but involve the simulation of nuclear strikes with about 60 aircraft, including American B-52 bombers and other nuclear-capable planes. The drills are taking place over Belgium, Britain, and the North Sea, and 14 NATO members are participating.
Both exercises have been described as “routine” but come amid the highest tensions between the US and Russia since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Despite the tensions, Russia still notified the US when it started its nuclear exercises, and the US said Moscow “is complying with its arms control obligations and its transparency commitments to make those notifications.”
9 thoughts on “Putin Oversees Russian Drills Simulating Retaliatory ‘Massive Nuclear Strike’”
Insanity is taking over the West. One miscalculation or one goose flock being confused with a missile and we are all toast.
Tell me why “insanity” is limited to the West?
We would have had to see what would have happened if NATO had decided to cancel their “games”. At that point if Russia had continued on with theirs’s, then the insanity would have been on them. But I would guess that Russia was just reacting to the actions of the West. Just like they were when this whole mess started.
Something akin to that happened. Thankfully a Russian officer stopped the nuke process.
W0W.. B-52s. What an antique
show!!! The weaker, more behind they get, the tougher they act and talk.. HUBRIS precedes a great fall. Its so easy to see…!!! Are YOU ready ready…?????
Russia has shown the old, old Bison, a turboprop that cruises at 470 MPH. for the MSM, not the strategic jet bombers.
B-52s can still drop H bombs, age doesn’t matter.
It is amazing that B-52 still play a role. That will be ending in the next 10 years as the new B-21 start to roll off the assembly line.
I get Google news on my phone and no mention of the US war games were mentioned, but outrage over the Russian tit for tat games has been going on now for days. This is about as insidious as it gets as far as information being withheld and manipulated by google. Don’t trust any source, even Antiwar is banning people if they don’t like what you post. I got banned here on some boards, but not others. Strange is the theme of today, isn’t it?
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