The Russian army has announced extensive training in its strategic nuclear forces. It may clearly remind us of the country’s core in Western concerns that Moscow may be preparing to invade Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry said President Vladimir Putin will oversee Russia’s nuclear-powered exercises, including the launch of ballistic and cruise missiles.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that the exercises were part of a regular training process and denied signaling standoff escalations.
Peskov said Putin’s role was essential and the president was likely to join from the “situation center.”
The training follows a huge series of operations by Russian troops over the past four months, including the expansion of troops to the north, east and south of Ukraine (estimated to be over 150,000 in the west).
Putin and other senior officials frequently mention the fact that Russia is one of the world’s leading nuclear powers, along with the United States.
Military readiness test
The Pentagon said the training would test military command and control, combatants, warships, the preparation of strategic missile carriers, and the reliability of strategic nuclear and non-nuclear weapons.
They involve the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Southern Military District, the Royal Saudi Strategic Forces, the Northern Fleet, and the Black Sea Fleet.
Russia’s Strategic Rocket Force accounts for 50,000 of its 900,000 active military forces, the International Institute for Strategic Studies said in its annual military balance report this week.
Their technology has been significantly upgraded in the last 6 years.
Polish Abrams tank
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Friday 250 to Poland as Washington moves to strengthen the defenses of its major Eastern European allies amid rising threats of war between neighboring Ukraine and Russia. Announced plans to sell both Abrams tanks.
“This is the latest version of Abrams and will provide Poland with advanced tank capabilities,” Austin added at a press conference after the meeting in Warsaw that delivery timeframes are under discussion.
“It will also enhance interoperability with the Polish Army and increase the credibility of our combined deterrence efforts and the efforts of other NATO allies.”
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