Russia claims its non-strategic nuke drills include Iskander missiles

The Russian defence ministry confirmed on Wednesday that Iskander rockets were used in the non-strategic nuclear exercises involving Leningrad’s military district and its navy.

After what Moscow described as threats by Western powers, Russia announced on Tuesday that it had begun a second phase of drills involving the deployment of tactical nukes alongside Belarusian forces.

The ministry released a statement via the Telegram messaging application that stated, “The personnel from the missile formation in the Leningrad Military District is practicing combat training tasks.”

It added that these included the acquisition of special training ammunitions for the Iskander M operational-tactical system, the equipping of launch vehicles with the ammunitions, and the covertly moving to designated positions for preparations before missile launches.

The ministry stated that the crews of the navy ships participating in the training would equip sea-based missiles with mock warheads, and then enter designated patrol areas.

Reporting by Lidia Kel in Melbourne, Editing by Muralikumar Aantharaman and Clarence Fernandez

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