Russia and Belarus Begin Second Phase of Nuclear Forces Training

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.11 - 2024 10:10 AM CET

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Russia ramps up nuclear force exercises with Belarus.

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Russia has started the second stage of exercises involving non-strategic nuclear forces, working closely with Belarus.

This announcement came from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

According to the Ministry, these exercises aim to improve the joint operational skills of the two nations' armed forces in using non-strategic nuclear weapons.

Focus on Combat Preparedness

These drills follow a directive from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

An official statement shared with the Russian news outlet TASS stated, "The exercises aim to maintain the readiness of personnel and equipment for the combat use of non-strategic nuclear weapons to unconditionally ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Union State."

The first stage of the exercises has already been completed.

During this phase, missile units from Russia's Southern Military District trained with special ammunition for the Iskander missile system. They practiced equipping launch vehicles and moving covertly to strategic positions for missile launches.

Aviation units from the Russian Aerospace Forces also participated, practicing with advanced weapons like the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and flying into designated patrol areas.

These activities aimed to improve their readiness and response capabilities.

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