Russian plane capable of carrying KILLJOY nuclear missile just 1100 miles from UK | World | New
Belarus, an ally of Russia, authorizes Vladimir Putin to extend its ballistic radar by positioning nuclear missiles on its territory. The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday detected a Russian aircraft capable of carrying the infamous “Killjoy” nuclear missile to Belarus.
The nuclear weapon has a range of over 2,000 km (1,200 miles). If positioned with the Russian jets on Belarusian territory, it could easily reach the UK.
In a Tuesday update, the Ministry of Defense said: “Images showed that two MiG-31K FOXHOUND interceptor aircraft were almost certainly parked at Machulishchi airfield in Belarus on October 17, with a large canister stored nearby in a protective earth berm.
“It is likely that the cartridge is associated with the AS-24 KILLJOY air-launched ballistic missile, a large ammunition that the MiG-31K variant is adapted to carry.
“Russia has deployed KILLJOY since 2018, but it had not previously been deployed in Belarus. Russia has occasionally launched these weapons during the war in Ukraine, but stocks are likely very limited.
“It continues to expand its advanced long-range munitions against targets of limited operational importance.
“With a range of over 2,000 km, basing Killjoy in Belarus gives Russia little additional advantage in terms of striking additional targets in Ukraine.
“He probably made the deployment mainly to send a message to the West and to portray Belarus as increasingly complicit in the war.”
The jet has now been positioned just 1,100 miles from London, sparking fears it could be used to attack the West.
It comes as Russia boosted its combat strength on Tuesday with an annual fall recruitment of 120,000 troops and doubled the number of civilians it is trying to evacuate ahead of a major Ukrainian push to retake the city. strategically vital port of Kherson.
Russian military officials have assured that the conscripts who will be called up over the next two months will not be sent to fight in Ukraine, including in the Kherson region, three other Ukrainian regions that Russia recently illegally annexed or in Crimea, including the Kremlin is part of it. Russia in 2014.
However, the US-based Institute for the Study of War said the Russian Defense Ministry “is trying to deceive the Russian population into believing that the fall conscripts will not be sent to fight. in Ukraine, which is likely to prevent the dodging of conscription”.
This year’s fall draft was delayed due to an extraordinary partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists that President Vladimir Putin ordered on September 21 specifically to bolster his invasion force in Ukraine. While Russian officials have declared partial mobilization over, critics have warned it could resume after military enlistment offices are freed from processing fall conscripts.
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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that 87,000 of the 300,000 reservists have been deployed to fight in Ukraine and that 3,000 military instructors with combat experience in the country are training them.
Reports suggest that many of the reservists mobilized are inexperienced, were asked to procure basic items such as medical kits and bulletproof vests themselves, and did not receive proper training prior to deployment. Some were killed within days. After Putin’s order, tens of thousands of men fled Russia to avoid serving in the army.
Some of the new troops were reportedly sent to Kherson, on the 1,100 km (684 mile) front line. Russian-installed authorities in Kherson, fearing a major Ukrainian counterattack, on Tuesday reported the displacement of 70,000 residents and extended an evacuation zone to include people living within 15 km (9 miles) of the Dnieper.
The region’s Kremlin-appointed governor, Vladimir Saldo, said the relocation of another 70,000 residents from the expanded evacuation zone would be completed this week and claimed it was ordered because Kyiv is “preparing a strike massive missile attack on the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant” to flood Kherson.
Ukraine’s military on Tuesday called the new evacuations “forced displacement”, and the Russian-installed government in the Kherson regional district, where the Kakhovka hydropower plant and associated dam and reservoir are located, said that he would carry out a “forced evacuation” on Sunday. The Ukrainian military said the Kherson regional administration had been moved to Skadovsk, 100 km (62 miles) south of the city of Kherson.
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In addition to the Kremlin’s military project, he moved to another front to strengthen his forces. The Belarusian authorities on Tuesday approved the creation of two joint troop training centers with Moscow on the territory of this Eastern European country, bordering Ukraine. Russia has previously used Belarus, its longtime and economically dependent ally, as a springboard to send troops and missiles to Ukraine. Kyiv fears that the Belarusian army will be drawn directly into the war.
Elsewhere, radiation concerns figured in two developments. Experts from the United Nations nuclear monitoring agency have inspected two Ukrainian sites that Russia has identified as being involved in its baseless claims that Ukrainian authorities planned to set off radioactive “dirty bombs” in their own invaded country. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi said inspections aimed at detecting “dirty bombs” would soon be completed.
Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia claimed in a letter to members of the UN Security Council last week that the Ukrainian nuclear research facility and mining company “had received direct orders from the regime of (President Volodymyr) Zelensky to develop such a dirty bomb”.
Western nations called Moscow’s repeated assertion “transparently false.” Ukrainian authorities dismissed it as an attempt to distract from alleged Russian plans to detonate a dirty bomb as a means of justifying an escalation of hostilities.
A second radiation problem concerns the fighting near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. The IAEA has posted monitors at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, where a radioactive leak could have catastrophic consequences.