Russia Orders Surprise Test of Central Nuclear Base

The Russian armed forces’ strategic missile command (RVSN) have ordered a snap inspection of the state of the nuclear arsenal in one of the country’s central military bases near the city of Yoshkar-Ola.

While the tests will entail an assessment of the nuclear storage facilities, fire safety and general hazard-containment conditions of the Yoshkar-Ola RVSN base, according to Yegorov servicemen will also be given a rudimentary test on nuclear arms operation.

Yoshkar-Ola comes under the command of Russia’s central military district, the headquarters of which are based in Ekaterinburg.

The colonel also highlighted to journalists that the Yoshkar-Ola RVSN complex is equipped with Russia’s state-of-the-art Topol missile system, the intercontinental ballistic unit developed after the fall of the USSR to replace and reinforce Russia’s Soviet-age technology.

Tensions between the West and Russia over Moscow’s backing of separatist rebels fighting in Ukraine have also prompted Russia to pull out of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and issue frequent, public reminders of its nuclear arsenal in the form of drills and tests.

In February the RVSN held its largest missile, battle readiness drill, in which more than 30 missile command regiments took part.

Full article: Russia Orders Surprise Test of Central Nuclear Base (Newsweek)

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