Russian Conducts Nuclear Military Exercises Pointing To Western Threat

( – In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons if the US and Western allies helped Ukraine. During his speech, he bragged about the country’s atomic arsenal and warned that any NATO action would be met with swift and dire consequences. Now, it appears that Russian troops are practicing nuclear drills.

On May 21, the Russian Ministry of Defense shared a video on Telegram of the Russian military affixing missiles and warheads to armored trucks with firing systems and fighter jets. The military members were practicing formations to efficiently load ballistic missiles and drive or fly them to pre-designated areas.

The ministry said the exercise’s purpose was to ensure the military was ready to respond to any threat to the nation’s “integrity and sovereignty.” The notice stated the exercises were “in response to provocative statements and threats” by “individual Western officials.”

While the post didn’t specify the source of the threat, the Kremlin previously suggested the drills were in response to comments previously made by French President Emmanuel Macron. The leader of France indicated in February that he was open to sending troops into Ukraine to help the sovereign nation. He said, “Nothing should be ruled out” because Russia cannot be allowed to win the war. British Foreign Secretary David Cameron more recently suggested Britain could supply weapons to Ukraine that could strike inside Russian territory.

While Russia may be preparing its troops to load and strategically move nuclear weapons around, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty prevents the country from testing said weapons. That said, sources say Russia removed its signature from the treaty in 2023. According to the Arms Control Association, nine countries — including Russia and the United States — still needed to ratify the agreement as of May 1. The other countries include China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and Egypt.

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