Russia Is Holding a Nuclear Forces Exercise, Putin Is Taking Part

The annual exercise would normally be held in October

Editor’s note: Unlike the old Soviet leadership, Putin always takes part in these exercises to make them more credible. These strategic missile exercises are usually held in October.

Ostensibly this one is held in February because for the past two years the exercises were not held due to Putin’s COVID bubble. This makes sense on the surface but in reality, the month chosen is not a coincidence.

February 19 was chosen very carefully to ratchet up the current heat to the maximum, and to act as a deterrent against the United States. It is performed to reinforce Russia’s message to Washington to not interfere with Moscow’s next move.

Machine translated from Russian.

MOSCOW, 18 February. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces will hold planned exercises of the strategic deterrence forces on Saturday under the leadership of the country’s President Vladimir Putin. This was reported to journalists on Friday at the Ministry of Defense.

“On February 19, 2022, under the leadership of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, a planned exercise of the strategic deterrence forces will be held, during which ballistic and cruise missiles will be launched,” the military department said.

The ministry emphasized that “the exercise of the strategic deterrence forces was planned earlier to check the readiness of military command and control agencies, launch combat crews, crews of warships and strategic missile carriers to carry out assigned tasks, as well as the reliability of weapons of strategic nuclear and non-nuclear forces.”

As specified in the Ministry of Defense, the forces and means of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, the Southern Military District, the Strategic Missile Forces, the Northern and Black Sea Fleets will be involved in the planned exercises.

Strategic command and staff exercises involving all three components of the strategic nuclear forces are held annually, as a rule, at the end of the “military” academic year.

Typically, as part of these exercises, a Northern Fleet submarine missile carrier fires an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the Kura test site in Kamchatka, a nuclear submarine of the Pacific Fleet launches an ICBM at a target at the Chizh test site in northern Russia.

A combat training launch of ICBMs from the Strategic Missile Forces is also being carried out, cruise missiles are launched by aircraft of the Long-Range Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Source: TASS

  1. GMC says

    I say again – the sooner President Putin realizes that the Ukrainian military is now the Pentagons own private military, the sooner Russia can get out of this mind set that they are brothers. When a man puts on that uniform , he is pledging allegiance to his superiors and supposedly his country. But in this case – any Ukie in uniform who wants to kill his own blood and takes those orders — cross’s a red line. Americans too, need to learn this.

    Nukes ? I’d already have them in Belarus because that is where Poland, Lithuania and Nato has there eyes set on. Nukes are a good backup. Especially with a guy like Lukashenko in charge. But I see the Israelis and Americans using mini nukes in Ukraine and blaming Russia, if Donbass goes south and Russia comes in. As soon as the OSCE left Donbass , Russia should have brought in troops to take the place of that bought off agency. If Russia doesn’t protect Donbass – who’s going to protect Crimea ? From at least a minor ass kicking – before Russia wakes up. But then again – Everything is a Secret in the land of Rossiya.

    1. rm p says

      Well the USA owes its allegiance to banker Jake Rothschild – especially since as of 17 February 2022 we are legally bankrupt.

  2. Mr Reynard says

    Remember 2008 ??
    Russian Army on the road to Tbilisi ??
    They were slowed down, because they had to pick from the road all those brand new never used M16, dumped by the Georgian Army & they western military advisors ??
    I hope that Zelensky tie is licorice flavoured ??

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