Moscow: Ukraine’s intelligence services and defence minister have claimed that Russia is preparing to launch a new attack in Ukraine in the next few days. Given this possibility, a joint air exercise began in Russia and Belarus on Monday. It is the third time that Russia and Belarus have held joint exercises in the last two months. As the drills begin, Russia has announced that it has developed a ‘nuclear warhead’ for the Poseidon super torpedo. The Russian news agency TASS informed that this “Nuclear Super Torpedo” will be deployed on the Belgorod submarine in the coming months.
Russia has intensified its attacks in Ukraine in recent weeks. It is using missiles, drones and rockets to target various cities in Ukraine constantly. In addition, artillery guns, tanks, and mortars are also being used. The Ukrainian authorities claim many parts of Ukraine were devastated due to these attacks. Donbas, Kharkiv, Sumy, as well as Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Odesa in southern Ukraine, have been consistently targeted. Even as these attacks are being launched, arms and manpower are being mobilized in the Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine. Ukrainian systems and officials have claimed that this preparation is for a new attack on Ukraine.
In the wake of this new offensive, Russia has also increased its military deployment in Belarus. The deployment is said to be part of an agreement between Russia and Belarus. But the western alliance has claimed that Russia can attack Ukraine through Belarus. The new air drills that started between Russia and Belarus on Monday corroborate these claims. Russian advanced fighter jets and military units have also participated in the exercise, which will continue till February 1.
“Ukraine is constantly trying to make provocative moves on the Belarusian border. We are ready to respond to any provocative actions on the part of Ukraine,” Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council Pavel Muraveiko warned. Sources indicated that all military runways in Belarus would be used by Russian fighter jets during the exercise. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the joint military drills held in Belarus last month. Therefore, the latest exercise draws much attention.
Meanwhile, the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced that a large amount of heavy weaponry would be provided to Ukraine by NATO member countries in the wake of Russia’s rising attacks. In the last few days, the United States, France, Germany and the UK have announced new arms support for Ukraine. Despite it, Ukraine has demanded artillery guns and tanks, claiming that these systems are crucial to respond to Russian attacks.