Russia scrambles nuclear-capable missiles to NATO border as WW3 fears skyrocket

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Russia scrambles nuclear-capable missiles to NATO border as WW3 fears skyrocket

Vladimir Putin’s forces have the nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles in their arsenal and are rapidly trying to mobilise them to a NATO border.


16:05, Mon, Apr 22, 2024 | UPDATED: 16:30, Mon, Apr 22, 2024


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Russia is scrambling to get the Iskander-M nuclear-capable missile to a NATO border. (Image: Getty)

Russia has reportedly mobilised nuclear-capable missiles to its border with NATO member Finland, as fears of Vladimir Putin escalating conflict in the region soar.

According to Russian media, a missile brigade has been formed near the new NATO member, equipped with the Iskander-M ballistic missiles – capable of firing conventional and nuclear warheads.

The newspaper Izvestia, citing Russian Ministry of Defense sources, reported that the systems are indispensable for Russia‘s Karelia Republic of the Leningrad Military District (LMD) – formed after Finland joined NATO.

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) called the Iskander-M “the weapon of choice for Moscow when making threats throughout Europe”.

The think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) said they provided Russia with a “significant capability” over Ukraine, specifically in tactical-operation strikes.

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The missile systems are said to give Russia a significant advantage over Ukraine. (Image: Getty)

The RUSI added: “Their role in supporting Russia‘s non-strategic nuclear arsenal means that they are not only a war-shaping capability but also potentially critical to strategies for war termination.”

It claimed the missiles would be used “through either targeting of critical infrastructure across Europe with conventional precision strikes or the threat of nonstrategic nuclear weapons use.”

The 9K720 Iskander-M, also known as SS-26 Stone, is a short-range ballistic missile system that can carry nuclear warheads weighing up to 680kg while travelling seven times the speed of sound at altitudes of over 30 miles.

The MDAA warned that they can bypass missile defence systems by manoeuvring and changing their trajectory.

They have been assigned to Russia‘s Missile Bridages – of which there is at least one in every military district – which support ground troops with operational-tactical precision strikes.


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Poland‘s President Andrzej Duda also warned of the nuclear threat from Russia and any retaliation that might be necessary to “strengthen the security” of NATO.

He said: “If our allies decide to deploy nuclear weapons as part of nuclear sharing also on our territory to strengthen the security of NATO’s eastern flank, we are ready for it.”

In February, the Financial Times obtained leaked documents detailing how Putin’s threshold for using tactical nuclear weapons was “lower than Russia has ever publicly admitted”.



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  1. Comment by EdG1955.EDEdG19552 HRS AGOThere’s British media stories about Russia and then there’s reality. Sadly for Ukraine, the war isn’t going quite as well as British media pretend.REPLY 0SHAREREPORT
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  5. Comment by BossTanaka.BOBossTanaka7 HRS AGOKnowing a little more than the average Joe about the true cutting edge of aerospace technology the US possesses, I can say with certainty that nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles are no longer a credible threat to the US or its allies. Havent been since the late 90s. The things we have now can literally fly circles around an incoming warhead. However, it would take about that much for that capability to be made public. EDITEDREPLY 0SHAREREPORT


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