EUROPE: Russia on Wednesday said its troops had launched a nuclear holocaust in the western part of Kaliningrad, during a military operation in Moscow, Ukraine.
The announcement came on the 70th day of Moscow’s military intervention in the Western world, killing thousands and over 13 million displaced from Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.
After sending troops to Ukraine in late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin made subtle threats to demonstrate his willingness to use Russian nuclear weapons.
During Wednesday’s war games in the Baltic enclave between EU members Poland and Lithuania, Russia prepared for the “electric launch” of Iskander’s powerful nuclear missiles, the Department of Defense said in a statement.
Russian troops are preparing for strikes and more in areas intended to mimic missile launches, airports, secure infrastructure, military equipment and enemy enemy missiles, the statement said.
After launching the “electronic” program, the military devised a plan to change their status to avoid a “retaliatory strike,” the Department of Defense said.
The combat units also perform “actions on radiation and chemical pollution”.
The exercise involved more than 100 soldiers.
Russia placed nuclear forces in a safe area shortly after Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.
Kremlin official warns of “immediate” retaliation if Western countries directly intervene in Ukraine’s conflict.
Observers say that in recent days, Russian state television has tried to make the use of nuclear weapons more acceptable to the public.
“For the past two weeks we have been hearing on our television screens that the nuclear bases should be opened,” Russian Nobel Peace Prize-winning editor Dmitry Muratov said on Tuesday.