Recent developments in Russia have once again raised global concerns over its nuclear posture and intentions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw ballistic missile drills Wednesday that included the practice of a “massive” retaliatory nuclear strike.

These exercises have come amidst escalating tensions in Eastern Europe due to Russia’s ongoing offensive in Ukraine and its decision to revoke the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban treaty.

The combination of mixed signals regarding the use of nuclear weapons, geopolitical tensions, and Moscow’s military actions has prompted alarm in the West and around the world.

Ballistic Missile Drills and Nuclear Threats

The latest military exercises in Russia involved testing its ballistic missiles, which consequently raised alarm bells globally.

Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, announced that these exercises aimed to prepare the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to deliver a massive nuclear strike in retaliation to an enemy nuclear strike.