President Putin oversaw exercises of Russia’s strategic forces, including ballistic missiles, amid escalating tensions in Ukraine.
“Under the direction of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin, the strategic deterrence forces exercises were held as planned, including ballistic and missile launches. journey,” the Kremlin confirmed in a statement today.
The Kremlin said Putin was watching developments with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko from the situation center in Moscow. The units participating in the exercise are mobilized from the Russian Air Force, the Southern Military District, the Strategic Missile Force, and the Northern and Black Sea Fleets.
Within the framework of the exercise on February 19, the Russian Air Force tested the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. Warships and submarines of the Northern Fleet and the Black Sea Fleet launched Kalibr cruise missiles and Zirkon hypersonic missiles to simulated targets at sea and on land.
From the Kapustin Yar range in the Astrakhan region, the Russian military also test-fired the Iskander ground cruise missile. A Yars intercontinental ballistic missile is deployed from Plesetsk, the state aerospace test launch site at Kura, on the Kamchatka peninsula.
The Russian military also practiced firing cruise missiles in the air with Tu-95 strategic bombers to simulated targets at the Pemboi and Kura training ranges.
“Strategic deterrence drills were planned in advance,” the Kremlin said.
The Russian side said that this exercise is intended to test the combat readiness of the command and operating agencies, combat teams when receiving launch orders, the crews of warships and strategic missile-carrying aircraft. . In addition, Russia needs to check the quality of use of strategic weapons, including nuclear and non-nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin statement confirmed that the entire army had fully completed the assigned tasks and hit all the simulated targets.
The strategic force drills were organized by Russia amid the sudden escalation of fighting in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine over the past two days. Government troops and separatist forces repeatedly accused the enemy of violating the ceasefire, shelling and endangering civilians.
Fighting in the region increased after Ukraine received many weapons from the US and NATO members. The weapons arrived amid heightened tensions after the United States and the West accused Russia of amassing more than 100,000 troops near the border and planning an invasion of Ukraine.
Russia denied, asserting that all military activities close to the western border are an internal matter and only for the purpose of rehearsals against the threat from the scenario of NATO expansion to the east, and criticized the US and its allies. exaggerate the danger of war.
Before Russia’s deployment, the US sent warships and B-1B bombers to participate in NATO’s “unplanned exercises” in the Black Sea, with two members of the alliance, Turkey and Romania, and Ukraine.
Russia on February 16 outlined five steps to resolve the conflict in the Donbass, including forcing Ukraine to comply with the Minsk agreement and stopping the supply of weapons to this Eastern European country.
Russia also called on the West to withdraw its military advisers and stop all exercises between Ukraine and NATO, and then withdraw all foreign weapons transferred here.
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Trung Nhan (According to AFP, Kremlin.ru)