On Wednesday, the Russian army began training in three Siberian regions with the “Yars” new ballistic missiles, which reach targets of up to 12,000 kilometers and can carry up to four nuclear warheads.
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"This training is part of the Nuclear Forces Readiness Plan in 2023 and will enable the Army’s Strategic Missile Commission to inspect the combat capacities of the Omsk Force Group,” the Russian Defense Ministry explained.
More than 3,000 troops and some 300 military teams will participate in the maneuvers, which will include camouflage exercises with the missiles and combat trials against drones.
“This strategy will also allow us to determine the capabilities of modern weaponry,” the Defense Ministry pointed out, hoping to replace the old Topol missiles, which only carry a warhead, with the Yars missiles.
Recently, Nikolai Patrushev, the Russian Security Council Secretary, said that the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is part of the armed conflict in Ukraine, which currently serves as a military camp country for this organization.
“NATO provides more and more weapons, ammunition, and intelligence information, including that obtained with satellites and drones, to Kyv,” Patrushev recalled, condemning that some U.S. politicians believe that Russia will not be able to win the armed conflict or respond to a U.S.-led direct missile attack.
“Russia is patient and does not try to frighten anyone with its military superiority. However, it possesses unique modern weaponry capable of destroying any adversary, including the United States, in case its security is threatened," Patrushev warned.