Russia readies a SECOND monster Yars nuke for combat – as pro-Putin MP threatens ‘hotbed of all nastiness’ London with missile strike
- Russian state media filmed Yars missile being loaded into silo yesterday
- More footage of a second missile being readied was released today
- Ex-general told state media that Russia should consider a nuclear strike on London instead of Washington DC
By WILL STEWART FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:36 EST, 15 December 2022 | UPDATED: 12:01 EST, 15 December 2022
Russia has today issued a fresh nuclear threat to the UK after loading a second huge missile into a silo near Moscow.
Footage released by state media shows the Yars rocket, which can be tipped with a nuclear warhead and range all of Europe and the mainland US, being loaded into the ground at the Kozelsky base, 160 miles south of Moscow.
Russia is thought to have 173 Yars nuclear missiles in service, which are capable of ranging the whole of Europe or the US with six nuclear warheads inside each
Russian state media has released footage of another Yars nuclear missile being loaded into a silo to the south of Moscow
Russia preps missile as military expert calls for London attack
Vladimir Putin has been ramping up his nuclear sabre-rattling since declaring war on Ukraine back in February, with the West his main target.
Such threats have been dialled back in recent weeks after Beijing told him to stop, but they are slowly building again ahead of Russia’s annual Strategic Missile Forces Day on Saturday.
The last time Russia showed off its Yars missiles was back in October when Putin oversaw the annual Grom nuclear drills.
Submarines, nuclear-capable bombers and Russia’s nuclear missile forces all took part in those exercises – watched over by Putin in his nuclear command centre.
Colonel Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of Russia’s National Defence magazine, said afterwards that the drills were a rehearsal for destroying the UK and US.
Lt. Gen. Andrey Gurulev suggested to Russian state media viewers that Russia should consider striking London with nukes ahead of hitting Washington DC
Yars missiles are capable of ranging the whole of Europe and the mainland United States from the Kozelsky base where they are being stationed
Russia released footage of the Yars missile being transported a day after showing another missile being taken to the same site
China, Russia, the US, UK and France have signed a joint statement committing to reduce the spread of nukes – forcing Beijing to defend plans to expand its stockpile
Speaking after the latest Yars missile footage was released, General Gurulev said the West was hell-bent on seeing Ukraine attack Russia.
‘So why are we embarrassed to say that we should strike London?’ he asked.
‘I am sure we should have a catalogue in the General Staff and it is being updated all the time… Is it nuclear…[or not]?
‘If it is not nuclear, you have to calculate how many missile carriers, ships, aircraft, satellite constellation(s)… and long range [drones] are needed.
‘And a strike on London, strange as it may sound, would be the first and last warning to the [real decision-makers – Washington].’
The Kozelsk missile compound in Kaluga region is undergoing modernisation and a revamp, according to reports.
Col. Alexei Sokolov, speaking after the first Yars missile was moved on Tuesday, said the ‘complicated technological operations’ took a few hours.
Vladimir Putin has been threatening to use his nuclear arsenal since starting war in Ukraine earlier this year – but has toned down the rhetoric after warnings from Beijing
A soldier of Russia strategic missile forces is seen in state media footage transporting one of the Yars nuclear missiles to its silo
Moscow carried out a test-launch of one of its Yars missiles back in October, when propagandists said they were rehearsing for a strike on the UK or US
He 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, and was first deployed in 2009. In the October drill, Russia allegedly practiced its response to a Western nuclear attack.
It is, however, not Russia’s most-modern nuclear missile – that is the Sarmat 2, which Putin oversaw a test-launch of back in April.
Moscow claims that rocket can carry up to 15 nuclear warheads mounted on its new Avangard hypersonic re-entry vehicles, which carry them to their targets.
According to Putin, these vehicles are so fast and highly manoeuvrable that they cannot be stopped by any current missile defences.
He has regularly used this fact to threaten other nations as his war in Ukraine continues to go badly for the Kremlin.
Installation of huge rocket into a silo in the Kaluga region