Russian leader Vladimir Putin presided over exercises by Russian nuclear forces on Saturday in a show of force amid tension between Moscow and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
“The tasks of the exercises of the strategic deterrence forces were fully accomplished, all the missiles hit the designated targets”the Kremlin said in a statement.
New generation weaponry
The Russian presidency specified that during the maneuvers hypersonic missiles “Kinzhal”, as well as “Tsirkon” and “Calibr” were fired.
Putin had previously praised “Tsirkon” as one of the new generation weapons that have no analogues in the world.
The Russian leader announced advances in Russian nuclear weapons in a speech in 2018, saying they could reach almost anywhere on earth and evade current anti-aircraft defense systems.
In the framework of the current maneuvers, the Russian forces they also fired intercontinental ballistic missiles “Yars” and cruise missiles “Iskander”.
Meanwhile, from the waters of the Barents Sea, a Russian nuclear submarine from the Northern fleet launched a ballistic missile of the “Sineva” model.
As explained by the chief of the Russian General Staff, Valeri Gerasimov, the objective of the maneuvers consisted of “rehearsing actions of the strategic offensive forces to inflict a certain defeat on the enemy.”
In addition, during the exercises, which were divided into two stages, “massive use of the strategic offensive forces of the Russian Federation in a counterattack” was rehearsed.
Russia denies threatening anyone
These exercises, according to Russiawere planned in advance with the aim of checking the readiness of the military leadership, launch units, crews of missile carriers, as well as verifying the reliability of strategic nuclear and conventional weapons in the Russian arsenal.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, assured this Friday that the maneuvers of the nuclear forces do not have to alarm the Westsince it is a “fairly regular” training and different countries have been notified through various channels.
The President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko, who arrived in Russia on Friday to meet with Putin, watched the ballistic missile exercises from a command center located in the Kremlin, where the Russian leader also followed them.
This is Lukashenko’s first visit to Russia in 2022. Last year, the Belarusian leader met Putin on Russian territory up to six times, thus becoming the foreign leader who visited this country the most times in a year.
Show of Russian military muscle takes place amid rising tensions around Ukraine.
According to the US, Russia may attack the neighboring country “in the next few days”, which is why today several European countries recommended asking their citizens to leave Ukraine.
Thus, Germany reiterated this Saturday its call for German citizens to leave Ukraine and ordered them to do so “urgently”, since a military confrontation “is possible at any time”.
The French government also today advised its nationals to leave Ukraine given the tension that exists due to the concentration of Russian troops on the border and the resurgence of violations of the ceasefire in the east of the country.
The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in turn, requested, from Munich, where he is participating in the Security Conference being held in that German city, a meeting of the UN Security Council to address the military escalation around to your country.
At the same time, all eyes are now directed at the large-scale Russian-Belarusian military exercises “Allied Determination-2022”, whose active phase is due to end tomorrow, Sunday, and which have raised alarm in several world capitals for being held near the Ukrainian border.
Moscow previously stated that the military now taking part in the exercises would return to their barracks once the exercises are over.
Minsk also assured this week that after the end of the joint exercises “not a single Russian soldier” will remain on Belarusian territory.