Russia to hold nuclear drills near Ukraine

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Russia said on Monday it would hold a military exercise near Ukraine that will include practice for the use of tactical nuclear weapons, news agencies reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on Sunday, May 5, 2024.Photo: EPA/VALERIY SHARIFULIN/KREMLIN POOL

The Russian defence ministry said the drills would be a response to „provocative statements and threats” from the West, the Reuters news agency reported.

The ministry said the exercise was ordered by President Vladimir Putin and would test the readiness of non-strategic nuclear forces to perform combat missions, according to Reuters.

„During the exercise, a set of measures will be carried out to practice the issues of preparation and use of non-strategic nuclear weapons,” the Russian defence ministry said, as cited by Reuters.

It added that the exercise was intended to ensure Russia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty „in response to provocative statements and threats by certain Western officials against the Russian Federation.”

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Source: Reuters, IAR, PAP

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