Russian President Vladimir Putin monitored exercises of the country’s strategic nuclear forces on Wednesday, which involved multiple practice launches of ballistic and cruise missiles, the Kremlin said.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin that the exercises were designed to simulate a “massive nuclear attack” by Russia in retaliation for a nuclear attack on Russia. The exercise comes amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.
The Kremlin said in a statement that all tasks set for the exercise had been fulfilled and that all missiles fired reached their designated targets.
Washington has said Moscow informed it about the exercises in advance.
The Russian exercise comes amid warnings from Moscow of an alleged Ukrainian conspiracy to detonate a radioactive device commonly known as a “dirty bomb” in a false flag attack to blame Russia. Ukraine and its allies strongly reject the allegations.