The armed forces of the Russian Federation, against the backdrop of an offensive in Ukraine, simulated attacks in Kaliningrad with missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
According to the Guardian, Russia said its forces were deployed on Wednesday to simulate a nuclear strike against the westernmost Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coast, so neither the location nor the time of the exercise could have been chosen by chance.
Russia has conducted a simulated “electronic launch” of nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missile systems, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Its forces carried out single and multiple strikes against targets simulating missile launchers, airports, protected infrastructure, military equipment and virtual enemy command posts, the report said. The military practiced strikes against targets of a mock enemy and how to respond to a counterattack. “This should be taken as a signal to the West,” he said. Spiegel.
Spiegel recalls that with the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his readiness to use tactical nuclear weapons. In late February, Russia put its nuclear forces on high alert. The head of the Kremlin also warned of “swift retaliation” if the West intervenes directly in the Ukrainian conflict.
Observers say Russian state television has been trying in recent days to make the use of nuclear weapons attractive to the public.
What was reported about the exercises in Russia
The press service of the Western Military District for the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation reported journalists that more than 100 servicemen and 20 units of military equipment participated in the exercises held near Kaliningrad. The missilemen made their way to the designated positional area, from where they could hit various targets from equipped starting positions – imitations of rocket launchers, airfields, protected objects, accumulations of military equipment and enemy command posts.
“After the electronic launches, in order to get out of a possible retaliatory strike, the military personnel carried out a maneuver to change the positional area,” the press service noted.
As reported, Russia is threatening to deploy nuclear weapons in the Kaliningrad region. This will happen if Sweden and Finland join NATO. Such a statement made Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev.
On April 12, Russia began to tighten to the Finnish border troops. Eyewitnesses filmed the movement of heavy missile weapons along the highway that leads from St. Petersburg.