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Vladimir Putin watches the Russian military carries out nuclear testing in chilling new images.

The defence ministry in Moscow claimed the exercises were being undertaken to prepare for a possible enemy attack on Russia.

The drills, known as GROM exercises, involve the launching of live missiles and the deployment of strategic assets.

State media reported that Russia had successfully test fired its RS-24 Yars and R-29RMU Sineva ICBMs at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka.

A Kremlin statement confirmed that ground, sea and air strategic deterrence forces were trained under the Russian leader’s watchful eye.

“The tasks envisaged during the training of the strategic deterrence forces have been completed in full, all missiles have reached their targets, confirming the specified characteristics,” the statement reads.





The Pentagon said it would also be watching the drills closely


The Pentagon said it would also be watching the drills closely

The Pentagon said the exercises, which take place every year, are routine and that the US is watching them closely.

Pentagon spokesman Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters: “Russia is complying with its arms control obligations and its transparency commitments to make these notifications.”

Last week, experts said Vladimir Putin had accepted the “harsh truth” about the consequences of a nuclear strike on Ukraine and backed down fearing he’d be “punished” by Kyiv’s Western partners.






A Russian Iskander-K missile launches during a training launch as part of the Grom-2022 Strategic Deterrence Force exercise


A Russian Iskander-K missile launches during a training launch as part of the Grom-2022 Strategic Deterrence Force exercise
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Russian Defence Ministry/AFP via)

It comes as rumours from inside the Kremlin claim the Russian tyrant attempted to deploy a nuke but the launch was sabotaged or scuppered by “technical failures”.

Russian political scientist Andrey Piontkovsky believes the despot may have backed down after considering the likely repercussions.

He said Putin heard messages from the West that warned any nuclear incursions would be severely punished.






Some reports claim that Putin had attempted a number of nuclear tests that failed in recent weeks


Some reports claim that Putin had attempted a number of nuclear tests that failed in recent weeks
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via REUTERS)

His comments came while speaking on the YouTube channel of Russian opposition politician and lawyer Mark Feygin, who represented Pussy Riot – the anti-Putin feminist music group.

Nuclear fears are high due to a series of NOTAM (notice to air missions) and Russian navigation warnings being reported over recent weeks.

These indicated that the Kremlin was in the process of carrying out tests or live firing drills.






Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile launch on April 20, 2022


Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile launch on April 20, 2022
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TV Zvezda/east2west news)

Former CIA and DIA intelligence analyst Rebecca Koffler says Putin’s decision to declare martial law in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine suggest he’s preparing for nuclear armageddon.

Analysts say the most-likely scene of a potential nuclear test would be in the Black Sea, Fox News reported.

The Russian-born intelligence officer, who also penned “Putin’s playbook”, told Fox: “This is his strategic message to President Zelensky that he is ready to arrange a massacre, and we can only pray for the people of Ukraine.






Some reports said previous launch attempts were sabotaged


Some reports said previous launch attempts were sabotaged
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via REUTERS)

“He annexed these territories in order to prepare a doctrinal justification for a nuclear strike. Since, Russian military doctrine provides for the use of nuclear weapons only for purposes protection of Russian territory.

Russia now considers the four territories mentioned and Crimea as Russian, even if the rest of the world does not agree with this.”

There are also claims Putin has already pushed the button and ordered two nuclear missile tests – but they did not take place.

Valery Solovey, an expert on the president and former professor at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Relations [MGIMO], a training school for spies and diplomats said: “[Putin’s] decision on the use of tactical nuclear weapons [in the Ukraine conflict] would no doubt face resistance.

“I don’t know how effective the resistance will be but I will indicate [that] nuclear tests were supposed to be held over the past two weeks, one in the Barents sea, underwater, and the second underground, in Arkhangelsk region.

There are also claims Putin has already pushed the button and ordered two nuclear missile tests – but they did not take place.

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