Vladimir Putin had thousands of troops from the nuclear missile forces conduct exercises that showcased the "highest degrees of combat readiness," amplifying concerns World War III could be imminent, according to a new report.
The tactical exercises took place in the Sverdlovsk region and the Daily Star reported they included 3,000 soldiers and deadly Yars thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles on mobile launchers. The Tagil Rocket Division drills were captured on camera by Russian defense ministry TV channel Zvezda.
The exercises involve maneuvers on combat patrol routes in the Ural Mountains and are being carried out during "active electronic suppression and intensive actions of saboteurs," according to the report.
“The missile regiments equipped with mobile Yars ground-based missile systems are actively changing their field positions," Russian defense ministry TV channel Zvezda reported.
“At the same time, they are developing new areas of combat patrols. The field positions of the Yars mobile missile system are securely concealed deep inside Russia,” Zvezda continued, adding, “But if necessary, the launchers can be located almost anywhere in the country.”
Russia is currently conducting drills with the Yars mobile missile system, which is accompanied by its latest Listva remote demining vehicle along combat patrol routes.
Lt.-Gen. Andrei Burbin, deputy commander of Russian Strategic Missile Forces, said, “During the exercises, we use new equipment, including special support units, engineering units, [and] security and defense…The personnel show good training,” the Daily Star reported.
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These drills are being done to “assess the current state of the missile formation, its level of combat readiness, and the performance of its commanding officers in implementing the 2023 training objectives,” according to an Interfax military newswire.
The Russian Strategic Missile Forces rely on both silo-based and ground-based mobile Yars ICBM systems, with Yars missiles boasting a maximum range of nearly 7,000 miles, the Daily Star reported.
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