Yesterday (November 5), the Russian Ministry of Defense revealed the new Russian nuclear-powered submarine called… “Emperor Alexander III” (Emperor Alexander III) Successful test launch of the Bulava missile, designed to carry a nuclear warhead.
He added: “This missile test is the final element of the test.” The Russian Ministry of Defense said: “After that, a decision will be made to put the submarine into service with the Navy.”
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In the past, Russian President Vladimir Putin put pressure on Russia and urged it to strengthen its nuclear deterrent. Facing what he called a growing “security threat,” relations between Russia and the West reached their lowest point with the invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
The Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from an underwater site in the White Sea off the northern coast of Russia. The attack is targeted thousands of kilometers away on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Far East of Russia
In addition to the Emperor Alexander III submarine, Russia also has a Borei-class ballistic missile submarine that can carry 16 Bulava missiles and modern torpedo weapons.
The Navy has three Borei-class nuclear-powered submarines in service. One is finished testing and another three are under construction.
The Bulava missile is 12 meters long, has a range of about 8,000 kilometers, and can carry up to six nuclear warheads. It is one of Russia’s main nuclear powers.
The Bulava missile test comes less than two weeks after Russia conducted large-scale military exercises in late October. Which simulates retaliation against an opponent using nuclear weapons. Last week, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill revoking Russia’s ratification of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
While last weekend, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kiev. The capital of Ukraine to discuss with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regarding Ukraine’s accession to the European Union or EU.
Von der Leyen’s visit to Ukraine comes before the European Union announced details of the progress made by the Ukrainian government in completing the steps it needs to complete European Union membership. Before the formal negotiation process begins as planned in December.
The President of the European Commission praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to adhere to the conditions of European Union membership. Ukraine submitted its application for membership a few days after Russia launched a large-scale invasion in February last year.
President Zelensky declined to comment. Has the Ukrainian-Russian war reached a stalemate? But he stressed that Ukraine needs more help from allies to strengthen its air defense system to support the fight against Russia, which is now in its 21st month.
Compiled from Reuters
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