Putin oversees the training of his nuclear deterrent forces | War in Ukraine

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Putin oversees training of its nuclear deterrent | War in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the training of the Strategic Deterrent Forces, troops tasked with responding to threats of nuclear war, through a video link in Moscow.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday oversaw the training of his nuclear deterrent forces as Moscow repeated to India and China its allegations of Ukraine preparing a ” dirty bomb”.

kyiv, which denies any desire to use such a weapon, and its Western allies fear that such accusations could serve as a pretext for an escalation of the conflict or for the use of nuclear weapons by Russia, whose officials have repeatedly threatened to do so in the event of a serious threat.

Vladimir Putin watched from a control room on Wednesday this training of Russian strategic deterrent forces, troops responsible in particular for responding to the threat in the event of nuclear war. If this type of exercise is carried out periodically, it occurs in the midst of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

Under the leadership of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, land, sea and air strategic deterrent forces conducted training. Practical launches of ballistic and cruise missiles were carried out, the Kremlin said.

Russian television showed the crew of a submarine preparing to launch a missile from the Barents Sea in the Arctic. The exercise also involved Tu-95 long-range aircraft.

“The tasks set during of the strategic deterrence training exercise were completed, with all missiles hitting their target.

— The Kremlin

Shortly before these maneuvers, Russia reiterated to China and India its accusations that Ukraine was preparing to use a dirty bomb, a weapon consisting of conventional explosives surrounded by radioactive materials. destined to be disseminated during the explosion.

During a conversation with the Chinese Minister of Defense, Wei Fenghe, his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu expressed of his concerns related to possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ''dirty bomb''.

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Russia first made these accusations on Sunday during telephone conversations between Sergei Shoigu and his American, French, British and Turkish counterparts.

Mr. Shoigu raised the same concerns in a call with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh.

Ukraine and the West have denounced absurd and dangerous allegations and suggested that Russia was itself preparing for an escalation on the battlefield, where its troops have suffered a string of defeats since September.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured on Wednesday that Russia has information about an existing threat from Ukraine's use of military equipment. a dirty bomb and that kyiv would prepare for such a terrorist act of sabotage.

“We will continue to make our case vigorously with the international community to encourage it to take active steps to prevent such irresponsible behavior.

— Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

Russian officials have repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons to defend the territories whose Moscow has claimed annexation in Ukraine, including Kherson in the south, where the next battle is expected.

Russian occupation authorities in Kherson announced on Wednesday that they had evacuated 70,000 civilians within a week from the fortress-turned city to face the coming Ukrainian assault.

Elsewhere on the front line, at least seven people have been killed and 13 injured in the past 24 hours, according to the count of the Ukrainian presidency.

Russia has stepped up strikes on Ukraine's electricity infrastructure in recent weeks, causing power outages in many cities, including kyiv.

The operator Ukrenergo thus continued for the second day in a row electricity restrictions for businesses and individuals.

Kyiv also announced on Wednesday a new prisoner exchange with Moscow concerning 10 Ukrainian soldiers. Russia also returned the body of American volunteer Joshua Alan Jones, killed in action in August.

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