A massive freight train carrying specialized military equipment associated with a Russian Defense Ministry nuclear weapons division has been spotted moving, raising fears of an escalation in Putin’s war.
A series of BPM-97 armored personnel carriers (APCs) and other military vehicles were seen driving through central Russia in a clip posted on the Telegram messaging app by pro-Russian channel Rybar on Sunday.
The APCs are believed to have been upgraded with more capable turrets, reinforced anti-ambush and anti-mine armor and an air purification system designed to allow its occupants to operate effectively in the face of sustained infantry attacks .
Such advanced military equipment, which has hardly been deployed on the front lines in Ukraine, is believed to belong to the 12th Main Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry.
This specialized division is dedicated to storing, maintaining and supplying weapons to groups like the Strategic Rocket Forces, a Russian military branch that controls nuclear missiles and is a key part of Putin’s nuclear program.
Military analyst Konrad Musyka said the deployment of such units could signal an imminent escalation of conflict by the warmongering Russian president or be a precursor to large-scale nuclear exercises.
It comes as NATO warned member states that Russia’s state-of-the-art nuclear submarine Belgorod had left its White Sea base, while Putin’s key ally Ramzan Kadyrov said the Russian military should use “low-yield nuclear weapons” to reverse the trend. war in Ukraine.
A series of mine-proof personnel carriers, heavily armored military vehicles and transport trucks were seen driving through central Russia in a clip posted on the Telegram messaging app by the pro- Russian Rybar
Military analyst Konrad Musyka has claimed the deployment of such units could signal an upcoming escalation in the warmongering Russian president’s conflict or be a precursor to large-scale nuclear exercises (Russian ICBM test launch pictured )
Defense analysts have speculated that the movement of this military hardware could signify preparations for Russia’s ‘Grom’ nuclear readiness exercise program (missile launch from Grom 2019 pictured)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the signing ceremony with separatist leaders on the annexation of four Ukrainian regions at the Grand Kremlin Palace September 30, 2022 in Moscow, Russia
Muzyka said the movement of heavy military equipment belonging to nuclear units does not necessarily mean that Russia is preparing to deploy a nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
But he suggested it could be a “signal to the West that Moscow is stepping up” the conflict, adding that Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) are known to undergo extensive training exercises in the fall.
The RVSN is a branch of the Russian Armed Forces that forms the cornerstone of the country’s nuclear defense and deterrence program, which is the largest and most advanced in the world.
It is made up of dozens of missile regiments that together control thousands of nuclear-capable weapons, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and are responsible for maintaining and protecting their launch centers.
“We are in a situation where the superiority of conventional resources and armaments is on the side of the West,” said Vasily Kashin, a military and political analyst at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.
“But Russia’s power is based on its nuclear arsenal.”
Muzyka also postulated that the movement of this material could signify preparations for Russia’s infamous “Grom” (Thunder) nuclear deterrent exercise.
Last conducted in October 2019, the Grom military drills see divisions of Russia’s trio of land, air and sea nuclear arsenals come together to test their operational response in the event of a nuclear conflict.
The drills saw tens of thousands of troops take part in nuclear readiness tests alongside more than 200 ICBM launch stations, hundreds of military aircraft and several nuclear warships and submarines, according to The Diplomat.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced last year that the Grom exercises would take place again in 2022, although it is unclear whether the conflict in Ukraine will lead to changes in the schedule.
The Belgorod – a 600ft Russian nuclear submarine capable of carrying the Poseidon doomsday weapon – has left its base in the White Sea, according to a NATO warning note
Poseidon is an underwater drone that Russia says is capable of unleashing 1,600ft nuclear tsunamis designed to drown and irradiate coastal towns
NATO has warned its allies that Belgorod may travel to the Kara Sea to test the Poseidon nuclear device
Chechen warlord and Putin crony Ramzan Kadyrov (left, pictured with Putin) said Russia must consider using ‘low-yield nuclear weapons’ to turn the tide of its forces in Ukraine
Concerns over the movement of military hardware from the 12th Main Directorate come as NATO warned that a key Russian nuclear submarine had left its base in Russia’s northern White Sea.
The warning note claimed that the K-329 Belgorod submarine, which only entered active service with the Russian Navy in July 2022, could be heading to the Kara Sea to test the dreaded submarine nuclear drone. sailor Poseidon.
Poseidon is said to be able to travel huge distances underwater before exploding with enough force to trigger a nuclear tsunami designed to drown and irradiate coastal cities.
The Kara Sea is located off the east coast of Novaya Zemlya – a large Russian-controlled island in the Arctic Circle that has long been used as a nuclear weapons testing facility.
It was the site of the largest nuclear explosion on record in 1961 when the USSR detonated the Tsar Bomba – a nuclear device ten times more powerful than any ordnance detonated during World War II, which was decommissioned because its original design was considered too dangerous to test.
Meanwhile, Chechen warlord and Putin ally Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Telegram over the weekend that Russia should declare martial law in border towns near Ukraine and deploy low-yield nuclear weapons to reverse recent military failures.
“I don’t know what the Ministry of Defense reports to the Supreme Commander [Putin]but in my opinion we need to take more drastic measures,” he said.
Kadyrov complained that Putin’s commanders had failed to rout the so-called Ukrainian “satanists and fascists”, and made no secret of his desire to detonate nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil.