Putin to stage first nationwide exercise simulating nuclear attack from the West
Russia will stage its first nationwide nuclear attack exercise across 11 time zones in preparation for potential nuclear war.
It is scheduled to take place on October 3 and will see Vladimir Putin’s regime present the West as a nuclear aggressor.
The one-day nuclear attack exercise, which has only ever been done region by region, will include preparation for the destruction of up to 70% of Russian housing stock and life support facilities.
It will assume the scenario that martial law has been introduced in Russia and that is has gone through full mobilisation.
The scenario for the test reads: ‘In some constituent entities [regions] of the Russian Federation, as a result of emergencies or other types of physical impact, complete destruction of life support facilities and up to 70% of the housing stock is possible’.
It envisions ‘accidents at hydraulic structures, chemically and radiation hazardous facilities’ resulting in ‘secondary hazards’.
Civil servants and regional officials will be ordered to organise ‘non-staff emergency rescue teams’, endure food and medical supplies, and protection from radioactive protection.
The document further warns: ‘The risk of armed conflicts escalating into local and regional wars, including those involving nuclear powers, is increasing.
‘The threat to the safety of the population is posed by the risk of the use by a possible by the enemy of modern long-range means of defeat, as well as possible attacks using unmanned aerial and watercraft.’
The Putin regime had ‘taken a decision to develop measures aimed at increasing the readiness of civil defence forces and means to take measures to protect the population, material and cultural property on the territory of the Russian Federation, including general evacuation from danger zones.’
Putin is known to have several bunkers in his palaces in preparation for nuclear armageddon as well as a fleet of ‘Doomsday’ Il-80 Maxdome aircraft.
The exercise is being held four days before Putin celebrates turning 71 as the dictator is spending 40% of his state budget on the army, police and intelligence services amid the war against Ukraine.
Details of the drill come amid Putin crony Mikhail Kovalchuk, head of the Kurchatov Institute, who demanded a resumption of nuclear weapons testing in the Arctic for the first time since the end of the Soviet Union.
He has called for an equivalent jolt to Western leaders like when the USSR tested the Tsar Bomb in 1961, the most powerful ever with a capacity of more than 50 megatons.
‘I think this is a correct idea,’ said the 77-year-old, part of a close circle of ageing longtime friends around Putin.
‘This is exactly the same situation now. It is enough to conduct tests on Novaya Zemlya [Russian Arctic archipelago],’ said Kovalchuk.
‘At least once. And everything will fall into place.’
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu visited Novaya Zemlya last month in a sign tests may resume soon.
The rhetoric was raised by loyalist MP and army commander Lt-Gen Andrei Gurulev who demanded Putin be ready to use nuclear weapons.
‘Our strategic capability is our [nuclear triad],’ he said.
‘This is what is designed for the landmass of the United States of America. This is specifically for them.
‘And they know very well that after that there will be no United States of America. We 100% inflict an unacceptable defeat on the USA. They know that.’
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