Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Russia Launches Nuclear-War Drill, Saying It Was Long Scheduled

Russian military personnel stand near fueling equipment during a 2010 drill at a missile-forces research institute south of Moscow. Russia on Thursday launched a three-day nuclear war drill it said was scheduled last year. Russian military personnel stand near fueling equipment during a 2010 drill at a missile-forces research institute south of Moscow. Russia on Thursday launched a three-day nuclear war drill it said was scheduled last year. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia on Thursday began drilling for nuclear war in a massive, three-day exercise it asserts was planned months ago, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports.

Roughly 10,000 military personnel were expected to participate in the maneuvers, which are intended as practice for a large-scale nuclear offensive, according to the Russian newspaper. Exercise participants were set to position and prepare missile-firing units for launch, and to practice various administrative and support functions for the operation, said Col. Igor Yegorov, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the strategic missile services.

Troops were expected to conduct surveillance for chemical, biological and radiological threats, as well as to identify and stop conventional efforts to thwart the offensive.

Russian strategic missile forces chief Col. Gen. Sergei Karakaev first unveiled plans for the command staff exercise in December, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported. The drill was expected to focus on the Omsk and Orenburg armies of Karakaev's missile forces, and to involve 1,000 pieces of equipment belonging to more than 30 units of the Russian military.

Meanwhile, U.S. government insiders said Russia has positioned soldiers and other assets to potentially support a new push into Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Moscow insists it is only conducting practice maneuvers, but the moves heightened Western suspicions amid tensions over Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

In light of the March incursion, the Obama administration on Thursday announced it would prohibit defense sales to Russia, Reuters reported.

Separately, some U.S. lawmakers urged President Obama to take additional steps targeting Russia's government-run arms firm, the wire service reported on Thursday.

"We call on you to cancel all existing [Pentagon] contracts with Rosoboronexport, as well as any plans for future deals, and impose sanctions to ban contracts with any company that cooperates with Rosoboronexport on military programs," says a statement by Republican Senators Dan Coats (Ind.) and John Cornyn (Texas).

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

NTI Analysis

  • North Korean Ballistic Missile Models

    July 30, 2014

    This page contains interactive 3D missile models for North Korea. Users can drag the model by pressing and holding their mouse’s scroll wheel. They can zoom in and out on the model by rolling their scroll wheel up and down, and can orbit the model by clicking and dragging their left mouse button.

  • 3D Missile Model Collection

    July 30, 2014

    The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies has created a series of 3D models of ballistic and cruise missiles for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Country Profile

Flag of Russia

Russia

This article provides an overview of Russia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

View Country Profile →