The NGA has held nuclear exercises with submarines and surface-to-air missiles after setting up “living” weapons, sources have confirmed.
Soldiers have been commanded in a state of “combat readiness” amid an alarming change in the country’s regular nuclear training activities.
Russia’s Northern Fleet said in a statement that some of the country’s nuclear submarines took part in exercises designed to “train maneuverability in stormy conditions.”
It said a number of warships tasked with defending Russia’s northwest Kola Peninsula would join the massive invasion force.
The Ministry of Defense also confirmed that the deadly intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during a secret exercise in the Irkutsk region, in eastern Siberia.
The new alarm came after Kremlin Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that all of Russia’s nuclear forces had been reinforced a few hours later. Putin orders his nuclear forces to be put on high alert.
The Defense Department said the Strategic Missile Force, Northern and Pacific Fleets, and Long Range Aviation Command are ready to go to war.
It came as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed the rising tension on the statements of Foreign Minister Liz Truss.
According to the Interfax news agency, Peskov told a news conference: “Statements by representatives at various levels about possible changes or even collisions and clashes between NATO and Russia.
“We believe such statements are completely unacceptable.
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“I will not name the author of these statements, even though it is the British foreign secretary.”
It remains unclear which statements the Kremlin is referring to.
British and American officials downplayed Putin’s nuclear threat because it was unclear how his orders changed Russia’s nuclear posture.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed the warning as a “distraction” from the struggle Russia’s military was facing amid fierce resistance in Ukraine.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the government had not “seen or realized” any change to Russia’s current nuclear situation since Putin’s order.
He told BBC Breakfast: “This is mostly about Putin putting it on the table just to remind people, to remind the world, that he has a deterrent.
“We’re not going to do anything to escalate in that area, we’re not going to do anything to foster any miscalculation, we take that very seriously.
“But right now this is a rhetorical battle that President Putin is waging, and we just need to make sure we manage it properly.”
A spokesman for Ms. Truss has been contacted about the Kremlin statement.
It comes hours after Putin ordered his nuclear forces to be on “exceptionally high alert” on Sunday.
The Russian tyrant is said to be “angry” at his inability to subdue Ukraine and lashed out at NATO for “unfriendly measures” that he said forced him into a cold nuclear gamble.
The move means Putin has ordered the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear warheads to have them ready for launch.
That increases the likelihood of a crisis occurring and a miscalculation that could lead to nuclear war.
In a speech on state TV, Putin claimed that the NATO leaders’ aggressive statements and economic sanctions against Moscow had forced him to take action.
He said that “not only do Western countries take unfriendly measures” such as “illegal sanctions” but “top officials of top NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements regarding concerning our country”.
Putin said he has now ordered his military command to place Russia’s deterrence forces – referring to units that include nuclear weapons – on high alert.
“I order the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces to bring the deterrence force of the Russian army into a special mode of combat service,” Putin said.
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Before the invasion of Ukraine, Putin coldly warned Russia “today is one of the most powerful nuclear powers”.
“For anyone who thinks there’s been outside interference – if you do, you’re going to face consequences greater than anything you’ve ever faced in history,” he said.
In response, the US rejected Putin’s statement and its Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, called his move “unacceptable”.
“It means that President Putin is continuing to escalate this war in a way that is completely unacceptable and we must continue to stop his actions in the strongest possible way,” she said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Putin’s reaction was familiar and “we’ve seen him do it again and again”.
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“Never before has Russia been threatened by NATO, Russia is being threatened by Ukraine,” she said.
“All of them are stereotypes of President Putin and we will fight it.”
The NATO secretary general condemned what he said was Putin’s “dangerous rhetoric”, adding that his behavior was “irresponsible”.
The move has caused controversy around the world to decipher what Putin’s move means.
Both Russia and the United States often have nuclear forces on the ground and on submarines that are always on alert and ready to fight.
But bombers have nuclear capabilities and other aircraft are not.
Russia’s nuclear doctrine updated in 2020 allows for pre-emptive strikes if the country has “credible information” about the launch of ballistic missiles against its territory.
Pavel Podvig, a Geneva-based analyst and head of the Russian Nuclear Forces project, told The Guardian “hard to say” what the imperative means but could be a “preliminary command”.
While it is possible to launch a retaliatory strike, “it does not mean preparing for a first strike”.
That doesn’t seem to include bombers getting armed and taking off, he added.
A UN spokesman said the idea of a nuclear war was unthinkable.
“The idea of a nuclear conflict is simply unthinkable,” said Stephane Dujarric.
Former Royal Navy chief Lord West told The Sun a “miscalculation” could spark a war in Europe – which could spiral into a world war related to the use of nuclear weapons.
The battle for Ukraine continues to be fierce but Russian forces have faltered, and disturbing new evidence has emerged about how much blood Putin is willing to shed.
Intelligence officials have said that he is willing to sacrifice 50,000 of his troops in the war, Mirror reported.
The grim prediction comes as the Russian Ministry of Health is preparing for a major medical emergency.
Officials are looking for doctors with several specialties from all over Russia to return, according to ITN.
Health organizations should be ready “to promptly participate in activities aimed at saving lives and preserving the health of people in Russia”, the ministry urged.
It comes like Ukraine faces a critical 24 hours After another night, its capital was besieged by Russian troops.
It follows high-level peace talks held at 10am UK time today between Moscow and Kyiv on the Belarus-Ukraine border. attended by owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich.
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