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Russia Launches Tactical Nuclear Drills


Wed 22 May 2024 | 01:28 PM
Israa Farhan

Russia started tactical nuclear drills on Tuesday in its southern military district near Ukraine. 

This move comes as a response to what Moscow has termed "Western threats."

Simultaneously, Russian forces from the northern units have made significant inroads into Ukrainian defenses, advancing towards Kharkiv and other towns.

Russian control has extended to 40% of Vovchansk as they push towards the Vovcha River.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that these exercises are designed to test the readiness of its non-strategic nuclear weapons to ensure the safety and sovereignty of the Russian state.

This action is a direct response to provocative statements and threats from certain Western officials.

Amidst the ongoing retreat of Ukrainian forces, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported continued improvements in their positions across most combat fronts. Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have suffered about 1,660 casualties.

Kharkiv Governor Vitaly Ganchev stated that Russian forces now control nearly half of Vovchansk, a city near the Russian border, which has become the focal point of the ongoing battles.

Ganchev noted, "Our men control about 40% of the city. They have deeply penetrated the Ukrainian defenses and pushed them back as far as possible," adding that "the northern part of the city is fully liberated."

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock made an unannounced visit to Kyiv, emphasizing the urgent need for additional air defense systems to counter Russian bombardments in the Kharkiv region.

Baerbock's visit followed a new wave of explosive drone attacks on Kharkiv and other areas in Ukraine. Upon her arrival in the Ukrainian capital, she remarked, "The situation in Ukraine has significantly deteriorated with the intensified Russian airstrikes on civilian infrastructure and the ongoing offensive in the Kharkiv region."

She stressed the critical need to "strengthen Ukraine's air defense" to protect against "the barrage of Russian missiles and drones."

Baerbock also commented on President Vladimir Putin's expectations, stating, "Putin believes that at some point our resolve will wane, but we have the capacity to endure." Responding to Baerbock's remarks, the Kremlin argued that supplying Ukraine with additional Western weapons would not alter the situation on the ground.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that will not enable the Ukrainian armed forces to change the dynamics of the front lines.