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Second Stage of Russian Tactical Nuclear Exercise Kicks Off

Iskander-K of the Russian army. June 2024. Frame from the video of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

This morning, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the second stage of a non-strategic nuclear forces exercise ordered by President Vladimir Putin in May has begun. “During the exercise, a set of measures will be taken to practice the use of non-strategic nuclear weapons,” the ministry statement said. “The purpose of the exercise is maintaining the readiness of military personnel and hardware of the combat use of non-strategic nuclear weapons of Russia and Belarus in order to unconditionally ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Union State.”

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