Vladimir Putin holds drills with nuclear missiles capable of hitting Britain

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Vladimir Putin has been conducting exercises with his road-launched Yars nuclear missiles in a forest in western Siberia.

Their range of 7,500 miles means they are capable of attacking Britain or anywhere in Europe.

The tests come amid high tensions with the West over the war in Ukraine and amid almost daily threats from Putin’s propagandists to use nuclear weapons.

In a statement, Russia’s Defense Ministry said: “Over 100 pieces of hardware are participating in the exercise.

“Launch vehicles of the Yars road-mobile missile systems of the Novosibirsk Missile Formation of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces practiced redeployment during a scheduled exercise.

“While conducting their maneuvers, missile units and detachments spread out in a forest to increase camouflage.”

They trained to kill mock saboteurs, scout the launch area and pass through “contaminated” areas, the Defense Department said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with United Grain Company (UGC) Director General Dmitry Sergeyev (unseen) at the Kremlin in Moscow July 6, 2022. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/ AFP via Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin put his nuclear forces on alert earlier in the war with Ukraine (Image: AFP via Getty)

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked the deepest crisis in Russia-West relations since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when many feared the world was on the brink of nuclear war.

Putin put his nuclear forces on alert earlier in the war with Ukraine, and drills are taking place regularly.

This week, one of its closest allies told the United States that attempts by the West to punish a nuclear power like Russia for war in Ukraine risk endangering humanity.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said attempts to set up courts or tribunals to investigate the country’s actions in Ukraine were futile and risked global devastation.

Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said on Telegram: “The idea of ​​punishing a country that has one of the greatest nuclear potentials is absurd. And potentially a threat to human existence.’

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (C) watch the Victory Day Parade in Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED FROM REUTERS AS A SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS/File Photo Backgrounder on Victory Day in Russia

Dmitry Medvedev pictured alongside Putin (Image: Reuters)

As president from 2008 to 2012, Medvedev presented himself as a reformer striving for better relations with the West.

But since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on February 24, he has recast himself as a vocal Kremlin hardliner.

Medvedev wrote in a lengthy diatribe: “All of US history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars.

“Has anyone been held responsible for these crimes? Which tribunal condemned the sea of ​​blood that the US shed there?’

He concluded: “It will not work with Russia, they know it well. That is why the lazy dogs of war bark so disgustingly.’

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