Russia's Putin oversees four nuclear-capable ballistic missile test fires

The launch of a Start-1 intercontinental ballistic missile based on Topol missile. The Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region
Russia Holds Strategic Forces Drills With Launches of Ballistic Missiles Sputnik Vjacheslav Afonin
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28 October, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in major military drills of country's nuclear forces and personally inspected the test-firing of four intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Kremlin said Friday. A Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in western Russian Federation, hitting its target 3,600 miles away on the Kamchatka peninsula, on the country's eastern rim.

Speaking about the military drills, Dmitry Peskov said it involved all elements of the military's nuclear triad - nuclear submarines, strategic bombers and a land-based launcher. They took off from the main bass in Ukrainka, Engels and Shaikovka and launched air-based cruise missiles at ground targets at Kura, Pemboi testing range in the northeastern region of Komi, and Terekta in Kazakhstan.

"The training assignments were accomplished in full and all the practice targets were successfully destroyed", the Defense Ministry said in a statement carried by TASS.

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In September, Russia and Belarus had conducted massive war games that were also felt in some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, among those Poland and Baltics.

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