Russia starts tactical nuclear drills near Ukraine

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia on Tuesday announced the start of tactical nuclear weapons drills close to Ukraine, in what it said was a response to Western ‘threats’.

Throughout its two-year offensive on Ukraine, Moscow has repeatedly talked-up its arsenal of nuclear weapons and its readiness to deploy them if it senses an existential threat.

The West has accused President Vladimir Putin of irresponsible nuclear sabre-rattling.

Russia’s defence ministry said Tuesday the drills were taking place in its Southern Military District, which borders and includes parts of Ukraine that Moscow claims to have annexed. It did not specify exactly where.

The drills are designed to test ‘the readiness of personnel and equipment of non-strategic nuclear weapons combat units to respond and to unconditionally ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Russian state,’ the defence ministry said in a statement…”

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