Over the past couple of weeks two words have been propping up in the same sentence enough times to make one proceed to shite oneself. Those words are Russia and Nuclear.
Just four days ago, the Russian government began their preparations to prove to all of their many citizens that they are ready for nuclear, chemical, or biological war – and that they are expecting an attack from the West.
To prove that they are more than capable of defending themselves, the Russians are taking part in a three day long exercise with over 200,000 emergency personnel as they rehearse radiation, chemical and biological protection of the personnel and population during staged emergencies at crucial facilities.
However, things may have just gotten an incy little bit more serious as Russia has deployed ‘nuclear capable’ missiles in Kaliningrad on the border of Poland and Lithuania as part of the training exercises, reports the BBC.
The Iskander missiles which have been deployed are said to be of the ‘highest concern’ to the Polish government, who claim that they are currently investigating.
The Iskander missile is so powerful that it can travel over 440 miles (700km) so even from Kaliningrad it would be able to reach the German capital, Berlin.
With tensions rising between Russia and Nato, due to disagreements over Syria and Ukraine, some are claiming that the deployed Iskander missile is quite simply a threat while the Polish Defence Minister, Antoni Macierewicz, referred to the activities as ‘very alarming’.
Apparently the Kremlin is also allegedly looking to boost its nuclear capabilities to outweigh the superior firepower of the U.S despite agreements to reduce stocks of nukes.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.