Russia’s nuke-loving leader Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to prepare a huge nuclear weapon ahead of the country’s military parade on Saturday (December 17)
Will StewartRussia Correspondent
- 08:29, 14 DEC 2022
- UPDATED08:52, 14 DEC 2022
A terrifying video released by Putin’s army show a strategic Yars missle being readied at the Kozelsk military compound, thought to be somewhere south west of Moscow.
The Yars series of intercontinental ballistic missiles were first produced around 10 years ago, and can travel a distance of around 6,800 miles at the speed of Mach 20 – or 15,200 miles per hour.
Putin was seen in late October overseeing the launch of a similar Yars nuclear missile on a mock attack on the West amid high tension in the war with Ukraine.
Russia is building up to more nuclear showboating as it marks the annual Strategic Missile Forces Day on Saturday (December 17).
The missile being readed was installed in a silo launch pad using a special transport and loading unit.
Local media has reported the exercise as being a “complicated technological operations” which took several hours.
Division commander Col. Alexei Sokolov made clear the exercise was aimed at sending a message to the West, with both the UK and US within range.
“The importance of this operation lies in the fact that the next missile will be put on combat duty on schedule,” he said.
“The homeland will get another nuclear missile weapon, which will make it possible to solve any tasks at the strategic level.”
Combat engineer Vadim Vyazovsky told TV Zvezda, the Russian defence ministry’s own channel: “I feel proud of Russia that my country is putting such products into service so that the Motherland can sleep well.”
The Kozelsk missile is undergoing modernisation and a revamp, said reports.
The Yars is a modification of the Topol-M missile system.
In the October drill, Russia allegedly practiced its response to a Western nuclear attack – although there hasn’t been one, or even a threat of one from the West.