ALARMING footage of Russian soldiers skiing down snow-covered mountainsides with machine guns and rocket launchers at the ready has sparked fears Vladimir Putin is planning a winter war.
The latest display of strength from the nuclear superpower shows a terrifying fleet of soldiers performing military exercises in freezing conditions in the Republic of Tyva, in the southern part of the country.
Armed with machine guns and rocket launchers the men camouflaged in white suits are dragged behind a snowmobile before taking up positions on the ground- making them virtually invisible against the white scenery.
In the clip, the winter soldiers can also be seen training with machine guns and rocket launchers in the subzero conditions.
The new footage has deepened concerns Vladimir Putin is drilling his military to attack during all conditions as it emerged just weeks after Kremlin released a video of special forces being able to swim at 15kmph – up to 30 meters below the surface.
Combat divers are armed with night vision goggles, as well as underwater submachine guns APS and SPP-1 which can send bullets several meters through the water, according to Russian website tvzvezda.ru.
It is also claimed the Russian Spetsnaz Navy’s equipment comes with a removable autonomous navigation system.
Full article: Putin planning winter war? Skiing soldiers drill with rocket launchers in freezing Russia (Express)