VLADIMIR Putin showed off his military muscle today as the Russian army took part in war games involving nuclear missiles near the Ukrainian border.
The Russian leader watched the drills from a “situation center” in the Kremlin with his close ally, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
Two ballistic missiles were launched – one from a site in northwestern Russia and the second from a submarine in the Barents Sea – and hit targets thousands of miles away, according to the Kremlin. .
The exercises include launches from ships, submarines and fighter jets as well as from land.
The country’s RIA Novosti news agency shared a split-screen video of many of Russia’s top military leaders as well as Putin ordering the drills.
In the video, top Russian general Valery Gerasimov told Putin: “The main purpose of the exercise is to train the actions of the strategic strike force to ensure the defeat of the enemy.”
The Kremlin said ships and submarines from the Northern and Black Sea Fleets fired Kalibr cruise missiles and Zircon hypersonic missiles at sea and land targets.
Russian forces also carried out the launch of an Iskander surface-to-surface cruise missile from the Kapustin Yar test range in Astrakhan, southern Russia.
Another video from the Russian Defense Ministry shows the moment a plane launches a Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missile and strikes a target on land.
An RS-24 Yars thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile is also demonstrated in a video.
“All the missiles hit their targets, confirming their performance,” the Kremlin said, adding that the drills included Tu-95 bombers and submarines.
The Kremlin has denied the war games marked a military escalation and insisted they were part of regular training.
This comes after four months of military exercises by Russia’s armed forces, including the reinforcement of up to 200,000 troops along the Ukrainian border.
Russia denies it is planning an attack on Ukraine.
“Given the current situation on our western border, this would certainly be taken as a signal,” said Dmitry Stefanovich, from the Moscow-based consultancy IMEMO RAS.
“The signal to the West is not ‘don’t interfere’, but is instead designed to say that the problem is not Ukraine and is actually much broader.”
Russia is one of the world’s leading nuclear powers.
US President Joe Biden has warned military commanders that Russia intends to attack Ukraine in the next few days.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military announced that Russian separatists had violated the ceasefire.
The main purpose of the exercise is to train the actions of strategic strike forces to ensure the defeat of the enemy.
Separatists have called for military mobilization in eastern Ukraine.
US Vice President Kamala Harris met with Ukrainian leader Voldymyr Zelensky in Munich today.
Mr. Biden again ruled out sending US troops to Ukraine ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meeting with his Russian counterpart on Thursday.
Blinken accused the Kremlin of organizing a propaganda campaign to “justify” a war.
Boris Johnson warned today that a Invasion of Ukraine is “increasingly likely”shock that “will reverberate throughout the world”.
He added that an attack by Putin would lead to “the destruction of a democratic state” and a “catastrophic” move.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, he also threatened Russia with further sanctions if Putin trespassed, and pledged to knock down Russian money in London.
He predicted a “prolonged, violent, bloody uprising” that would result in the death of the Russians if they started a war.
Boris Johnson also accused pro-Russian forces of orchestrating a false flag campaign by bomb a Ukrainian nursery in an attempt to trigger an invasion.
All eyes are on the small area controlled by two pro-Russian rebel groups, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
Both ordered mass evacuations yesterday as they accused Ukraine of planning the attack and even accused Kyiv of blowing up a chemical plant.
At least one car bomb was detonated east of the city of Donetsk overnight.
Reporters approaching the front where Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists face off in the Luhansk region heard explosions and saw damaged civilian buildings on the Kyiv side.
As fear spreads, officials report 25,000 people have left Luhansk, while more than 6,000 have left Donetsk for Russia.
Video shared online shows long lines of cars lining up at checkpoints in Donetsk.
As for the rebels, they accuse Kyiv of planning an offensive to retake eastern territories that fell apart after the 2014 uprising.
They said civilians were evacuating the area in response to fears of a government attack.
Russian news agencies quoted officials in Luhansk as saying there had been two explosions on a gas pipeline within an hour.
And yesterday, Britain’s top spy warned Russia and China were waging a secret war in Britain.
Ken McCallum, director general of MI5, claims that the UK’s Official Secrets Act is outdated, meaning Britain is “operating with one hand behind our back against threats from the state”. .
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