Russia

Vladimir Putin launches nuclear-capable ICBM amid global war fears

Vladimir Putin’s defence bosses confirmed the successful test-launch today of an RS-24 Yars ICBM from the Russia’s Plesetsk space centre, north of Moscow.

The missile has a range of up to 6,800 miles and is one of the most advanced in Russia’s colossal nuclear arsenal.

Military chiefs launched the weapon in a test to confirm its “reliability” amid tensions worldwide.

It comes as Russia was accused of preparing for a “massive war” by their bitter rival Ukraine.

Global tensions remain stretched as the US and NATO square-up to perceived threats from Russia, China and North Korea.

“The test launch of a RS-24 Yars silo-based solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, equipped with a multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle (MIRV) was carried out by a unit of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces,” Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement.

They added the goal of the launch was to test the missiles “reliability”.

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