From the start of the invasion of Ukraineon February 24, the fear of a nuclear confrontation has been very present and has been the subject of alerts by the intelligence services.
Without being able to rule out their propaganda nature, Russia’s announcements cannot be taken lightly. Practically from the beginning, Putin threatened that the answer to the invasion of Ukraine triggered “a devastating nuclear war”. The fear of this possibility, the occupation of the Chernobyl plant and the attack on the Zaporizhia plant unleashed a real psychosis.
Over the weeks, and while it became increasingly clear that the war was not going to be a military walk for Russia, the threats have not stopped, quite the contrary. On April 14, the vice president of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in the Baltic if Sweden and Finland joined NATO.
It was the umpteenth nuclear threat launched by Russia since it began its ruthless and unjustifiable attack on Ukraine, a threat that, according to CIA director William Burns, “no one can take lightly.” In a speech he gave at a Georgia university, Burns said that “given the Potential desperation of President Putin and Russian leadersgiven the setbacks they have encountered militarily, no one can take lightly the threat that low-yield or tactical nuclear weapons may be used.”
Ten days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned, or threatened, of the “real risk of a Third World War.” “The inadmissibility of a nuclear war it is Moscow’s principled position, the danger of such a conflict should not be underestimated,” Lavrov said during an intervention on Russian television picked up by the Interfax news agency.
With all this background, on the 70th day since the beginning of the invasion, the Russian Ministry of Defense has reported in a statement that the Army has rehearsed a simulation of “electronic launches” of nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missiles in Kaliningradin the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania.
This simulation in Kaliningrad, in which more than 100 soldiers have participated, could be considered as a new provocation by Russia towards the West.
The Russian army practiced individual and multiple attacks simulating missile launch systems, airstrips, protected infrastructures, military equipment and command posts, according to the Defense statement, which added that after the “electronic” launches they carried out maneuvers to change their position and avoid “a possible retaliatory attack.” In addition, they practicedactions in conditions of radiation and chemical contamination“.