Russia conducts military exercises in the Arctic Ocean
The exercises, baptized Umka -2022, took place in the Chukchi Sea, an eastern part of the Arctic Ocean that separates Russia from the US state of Alaska.
Russia practiced firing cruise missiles into the Arctic Ocean from nuclear-powered submarines on Friday, as part of military maneuvers meant to test its readiness for a possible conflict. in its northern waters, the Defense Ministry said.
The exercises, dubbed Umka-2022, took place in the Chukchi Sea, an eastern part of the the Arctic Ocean that separates Russia from the US state of Alaska.
Russia views its vast Arctic territory as a vital strategic interest and has for years been building up its military capabilities in the region, raising concern from the West, other Arctic nations and defense groups in the Arctic. #x27;environment.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that two nuclear-powered submarines – the Omsk and the Novosibirsk – have fired anti-ship missiles from the Chukchi Sea, hitting targets at a distance of 400 kilometers.
The ministry added that these exercises were a test of Russia's ability and readiness to defend the #x27;Russian Arctic by military means.
In addition to these exercises, the Russian Bastion coastal missile system also fired at sea targets at a distance of 300 kilometers from the Chukchi Peninsula.
OTA General Secretary N, Jens Stoltenberg, in August called the Russian military build-up in the Arctic a strategic challenge for the Atlantic Alliance.