Russia is staging major war games involving 3,000 troops and nuclear missiles after the Kremlin threatened a “target” in the West. Vladimir Putin is flexing his military muscle with his “invincible weapons” in three regions, showcasing his nuclear-capable Yars rockets – one of Moscow’s deadliest weapons.

It comes as Russia today threatened Sweden and Finland over joining Nato, saying it would make the Nordic countries a “legitimate target for Russian retaliatory measures, including those of a military nature”.

According to TheSun, Putin has aimed to make the mammoth Yars intercontinental ballistic missile system, which replaced the Topol, the mainstay of the ground-based component of Moscow’s nuclear arsenal.


A video shows the missile system on drills amid his war against Ukraine and high tension with the West. Russia’s defence ministry said: “In total, more than 3,000 military personnel and about 300 pieces of equipment are involved in the exercises.

“Strategic missilemen will carry out a set of measures to camouflage and counter modern aerial reconnaissance means in cooperation with formations and units of the Central Military District and the Aerospace Forces.”

Yars missiles have a range of 7,500 miles, meaning they are capable of striking both Europe and the US. They can carry multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads and can be mounted on truck carriers or deployed in silos. The drills involve both the Novosibirsk and Omsk Missile Corps equipped with the Yars strategic intercontinental ballistic system.

A statement from the ministry added: “A commission of the strategic missile forces’ command will assess cohesion among the personnel as they fulfill their tasks.”

The RS-24 Yars – a modification of the Topol-M missile – is Russia’s strategic missile system armed with a solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile.

Yevgeny Kelgayev, Missile Regiment Commander, said: “The Missile Regiment, led by the Commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, has begun taking the Yars missile system out to combat patrol routes and field positions.”

Putin’s hypersonic Sarmat – also called Satan-2 – appears subject to delay after a failure to meet a deployment deadline at the end of 2022, however.

But the Kremlin has claimed Russia plans to have Poseidon apocalypse underwater drones that can trigger a “radioactive tsunami” in the Pacific by end of next year.

The torpedos are 79ft long and carry a nuclear warhead – shooting towards enemy targets beneath the waves at speeds of around 70 knots (80mph). It is understood they are set to be deployed on the Belgorod and Khabarovsk nuclear submarines, reports Tass news agency.


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