On Saturday Russia will launch “ballistic and cruise missiles” as part of a planned “exercise of strategic deterrence forces.”
The planned nuclear triad exercise will be under the supervision of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tensions between NATO allies and Russia have hit an all time high as the Russian military, including the Aerospace Forces, the Southern Military District, the Strategic Missile Forces, the Northern and Black Sea Fleets will all take part.
The statement reads: “On February 19, under the leadership of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the RF Armed Forces Vladimir Putin, a planned exercise of strategic deterrence forces will be held, during which ballistic and cruise missiles will be launched.”
The release statement added that the nuclear and non-nuclear exercise is to check the readiness of Russian armed forces, whilst experts fear that the Kremlin will invade Ukraine soon.
It said, “The exercise of the strategic deterrence forces was planned earlier to check the readiness of military command and control bodies, launch combat crews, crews of warships and strategic missile carriers to carry out assigned tasks, as well as the reliability of weapons of strategic nuclear and non-nuclear forces.”
UK Security Minister Damian Hinds told Sky News on Friday, “There’s still a way out, it’s still with Russia, there’s a diplomatic route and we strongly urge Russia to take that route but there is that build-up of troops on the border and there’s no actual evidence of it dissipating, so that threat is there.
“It might be imminent or it might take a little bit longer, we’re dealing with a regime here in President Putin who may pick his moment but we have to stand strong, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in Ukraine.”
On Thursday, the US President Joe Biden has said he believes there is a “high risk” of a Russian attack against Ukraine within the next “several days.”
Biden said that there are no signs of Russia removing any of their forces from Ukrainian border and added that the US has “reason to believe” that Russia is “engaged in a false flag operation to have an excuse to go in.”
Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday that there is “every indication that they [Russia] are prepared to go into Ukraine.”
Biden added that Russia has “not moved any of their troops out. They have moved more troops in.”
Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State told the United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting in New York that a Russian invasion will happen in “coming days.”