Putin is planning a 'NUCLEAR strategic exercise'

Putin is planning a ‘NUCLEAR strategic exercise’, Britain warns as Russian troops begin military drills with Belarus despite diplomatic push by European leaders

  • Russia is expected to begin strategic nuclear exercises in the coming weeks
  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned the Kremlin is heading ‘the wrong way
  • It comes as world powers desperately try to calm tensions over Ukraine
  • Russia has also sent 30,000 troops to Belarus for ‘Union Resolvemilitary drills
  • The troops will focus on ‘suppressing and repelling external aggression
  • Ukraine is holding its own drills amid fears Russia could launch an invasion
  • Russia is planning to hold a nuclear strategic exercise, said on Thursday, despite extreme tensions surrounding Ukraine.

    Wallace warned that the Kremlin’s actions were heading in the wrong direction despite efforts to find a diplomatic solution, declaring intelligence suggested that Russia that Russia was engaging in plans for so-called ‘false flagoperations as a pre-text for invading Ukraine, as well as carrying out cyber attacks and other destabilising activity.

    ‘Despite the talking, the direction of travel is in the wrong way,’ Wallace told BBC Radio.

    ‘The Russians are still growing their battalion tactical groupsThey are planning to start a nuclear strategic exercise soon, and indeed we see more activity elsewhere.

    A Russian defence source also told news agency TASS earlier this year that the nuclear strategic exercise, known as ‘Thunder’, would involve all three prongs of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, testing firing procedures from land, sea and air.

    Nuclear drills are held frequently in Russia, but the decision to proceed with such exercises in the face of the tension circling Ukraine will give world powers more cause for concern.

    It comes as forces from Russia e Bielorussia launched joint military drills with an estimated 30,000 troops taking part in the 10-day war games near the Ukrainian border.

    Vladimir Putin is applying ‘psychological pressureon Belarus’s southern neighbour, Ucraina president Volodymyr Zelensky warned as Western leaders fear the drills named Union Resolve could be a front for an imminent invasion.








    News of the planned nuclear strategic exercises comes as Russia and Belarus launched joint military drills with an estimated 30,000 troops taking part in the 10-day war games near the Ukrainian border (nella foto)

    News of the planned nuclear strategic exercises comes as Russia and Belarus launched joint military drills with an estimated 30,000 troops taking part in the 10-day war games near the Ukrainian border (nella foto)

    Vladimir Putin is applying 'psychological pressure' on Belarus's southern neighbour, Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky warned as Western leaders fear the drills named Union Resolve could be a front for an imminent invasion

    Vladimir Putin is applying ‘psychological pressureon Belarus’s southern neighbour, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky warned as Western leaders fear the drills named Union Resolve could be a front for an imminent invasion

    The drills centre around 'suppressing and repelling external aggression' and will see troops practising scenarios such as strengthening the border against militants

    The drills centre around ‘suppressing and repelling external aggressionand will see troops practising scenarios such as strengthening the border against militants

    The drills centre around ‘suppressing and repelling external aggressionand will see troops practising scenarios such as strengthening the border against militants and post-conflict settlement in the biggest Russian deployment to Belarus since the end of the Cold War.

    Ukraine’s army is holding its own military exercises in the north of the country as it braces for a potential invasion which could come ‘any day’, security experts fear.

    Boris Johnson, who is flying to Belgium and Poland today as part of diplomatic efforts to cool tensions in eastern Europe, warned Russia that NATO states will ‘draw lines in the snowover the crisis.

    He will meet with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels before travelling to Warsaw for talks with president Andrzej Duda and prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and visiting British troops in the region.

    Mettere in, who has demanded sweeping security guarantees from NATO and the United States, said after Moscow would 'do everything to find compromises that suit everyone'

    Mettere in, who has demanded sweeping security guarantees from NATO and the United States, said after Moscow would ‘do everything to find compromises that suit everyone

    Troops will practise post-conflict settlement in the biggest Russian deployment to Belarus since the end of the Cold War

    Troops will practise post-conflict settlement in the biggest Russian deployment to Belarus since the end of the Cold War

    Foreign secretary Liz Truss is also in Moscow today for talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to urge the Kremlin not to attack or face ‘massive consequencesfrom Western sanctions.

    The current war games have exacerbated deeply strained ties between Russia and the West, which accuses Moscow of massing approximately 100,000 troops around the borders of Ukraine.

    ‘The accumulation of forces at the border is psychological pressure from our neighbours,’ Zelensky said in a statement.

    ‘Today we have enough forces to honourably defend our country.

    Responding to Western concerns, the Kremlin has insisted that it has no intention of leaving the troops permanently on Belarusian territory.

    The US has expressed concern over Vladimir Putin’s swelling military capability close to Ukraine’s border.

    The US has expressed concern over Vladimir Putin's swelling military capability close to Ukraine's border

    The US has expressed concern over Vladimir Putin’s swelling military capability close to Ukraine’s border

    The current war games have exacerbated deeply strained ties between Russia and the West

    The current war games have exacerbated deeply strained ties between Russia and the West

    ‘Every day he adds to his options, everyday he adds to his capabilities,’ said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

    The Western diplomatic push also sees German chancellor Olaf Scholz meeting Baltic leaders in Berlin today.

    Ahead of his meeting, Scholz said he saw ‘progresson the diplomatic front.

    ‘The task is that we ensure the security in Europe, and I believe that that will be achieved,’ he said at a joint press conference with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Wednesday.

    The new German chancellor, who has been under fire over accusations that he has dithered over the crisis, will travel to Kyiv and Moscow next week for separate meetings with Ukraine and Russia’s leaders, including his first face-to-face with Putin.

    Striking a less optimistic note, Britain said it was ready to deploy 1,000 more troops to deal with any humanitarian crisis linked to Ukraine.

    Responding to Western concerns, the Kremlin has insisted that it has no intention of leaving the troops permanently on Belarusian territory

    Responding to Western concerns, the Kremlin has insisted that it has no intention of leaving the troops permanently on Belarusian territory

    Britain said it was ready to deploy 1,000 more troops to deal with any humanitarian crisis linked to Ukraine

    Britain said it was ready to deploy 1,000 more troops to deal with any humanitarian crisis linked to Ukraine

    After his own diplomatic travel itinerary, French President Emmanuel Macron said Putin had told him that Moscow ‘would not be the source of an escalation’.

    Per adesso, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said ‘diplomacy is continuing to lower tensions’.

    Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar said the Russian forces on the frontier did not appear to be ready to launch an all-out assault, and were instead being used primarily ‘for political pressure and blackmail’ in questa fase.

    Meno di 24 hours after a trip to Washington, Germany’s Scholz stood alongside Polish leader Andrzej Duda and Macron late Tuesday to declare Europeansunity in their goal of averting war.

    Mettere in, who has demanded sweeping security guarantees from NATO and the United States, said after his talks with Macron that Moscow would ‘do everything to find compromises that suit everyone’.

    Putin has issued demands the West says are unacceptable, including barring Ukraine from joining NATO and rolling back alliance forces in eastern Europe

    Putin has issued demands the West says are unacceptable, including barring Ukraine from joining NATO and rolling back alliance forces in eastern Europe

    Ukraine's Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar said the Russian forces on the frontier did not appear to be ready to launch an all-out assault

    Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar said the Russian forces on the frontier did not appear to be ready to launch an all-out assault

    He said several proposals put forward by Macron could ‘form a basis for further stepson easing the crisis over Ukraine but did not give any details.

    At the same time as sending its military hardware to Ukraine’s borders, Putin has issued demands the West says are unacceptable, including barring Ukraine from joining NATO and rolling back alliance forces in eastern Europe.

    The French presidency said Macron’s counterproposals included an engagement from both sides not to take any new military action, the launching of a strategic dialogue and efforts to revive the peace process for Ukraine’s conflict.

    It also said an agreement would ensure the withdrawal of around 30,000 Russian soldiers from Belarus at the end of joint military exercises later this month.

    The Kremlin insisted it never intended to leave the troops permanently on Belarusian territory.

    The West faces a tough task trying to convince a wary Zelensky to accept any compromises.

    Kyiv has laid out three ‘red linesit vows not to cross: no compromise over Ukraine’s territorial integrity, no direct talks with the separatists and no interference in its foreign policy.