Russia has carried out this Wednesday the maneuvers of its strategic nuclear forces “Grom” (Thunder), chaired by videoconference by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
During the exercises, the first since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine in February, a drill of “massive nuclear attack by strategic offensive forces in response to an enemy nuclear attack” was carried out, according to the Minister of Defense. Russian defender, Sergei Shoigu. The maneuvers have lasted a few minutes.
Russian strategic forces have launched cruise and ballistic missiles from the Tula atomic submarine, two Tu-95MC strategic bombers, and Yars land-based mobile intercontinental missile systems, which were fired from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.
Sineva ballistic missiles have also been launched from the Barents Sea, in the north of the European part of Russia, to the Kura range, on the Kamchatka peninsula, washed by the Pacific Ocean.
“The objectives set during the exercises of the strategic containment forces have been fully met. All missiles have reached their targets,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
The “Grom” exercises aim to check the level of preparation of the command centers of the nuclear forces, the presidency specified.
As reported by the Pentagon on Tuesday, Rusia informed the us about its planswhich coincide with NATO’s nuclear exercises called Steadfast Noon and have been held every year for a decade.
This was stated in statements to the press by the spokesman for the US Department of Defense, General Pat Ryder, who explained that “Russia is fulfilling its obligations for arms control and transparency commitments with these notifications.” “It’s a routine annual Russian exercise,” Ryder said.
Five days before the start of the “special military operation”, Putin presided over exercises by nuclear forces using hypersonic weapons, which the Kremlin considers capable of circumventing any anti-missile shield.
In addition, on February 27, the head of the Kremlin put his nuclear deterrence forces on alert, triggering concerns in Ukraine and the West about the possible use of nuclear weapons.
After offering the West a moratorium on the deployment of missiles in Europe, the Kremlin warned that if the US placed offensive weapons on the continent, Russia would aim its missiles at US territory. Recently, Putin warned that Russia will use the entire arsenal in its possession to defend its territorial integrity and that of the four illegally annexed Ukrainian regions: Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.