Rare video shows Russia moving equipment belonging to a nuclear weapons unit

A video shared on-line of a prepare in Russia carrying equipment belonging to a Russian navy unit that handles nuclear weapons must be taken as a message to the West, a navy analyst informed CBS News. The video shows an armored personnel service with a cannon hooked up, in addition to one other car belonging to the unit, being transported on the prepare, the analyst mentioned.

“Such videos are never released by chance. I’m 100% sure that there was a purpose behind posting or releasing such a video,” Konrad Muzyka, an aerospace and protection marketing consultant targeted on Russia and Belarus, informed CBS News. 

Muzyka mentioned that it was extremely uncommon to see a video of that individual Russian unit, the twelfth essential directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defense, on the web.

“This video of a train is a very good example of Russian strategy of trying to increase the pressure on the West and signal its — maybe not necessarily readiness — but willingness to escalate the situation,” Muzyka mentioned.

The video surfaced amid experiences, which CBS News has been unable to independently confirm, that the U.S.-led NATO navy alliance had warned its member nations that Russia may very well be getting ready to check its nuclear-capable Poseidon torpedo. The weapon was reportedly on a Russian navy submarine headed towards the Arctic. There have been additionally experiences within the British press, which Muzyka mentioned have been incorrect, that the prepare featured within the on-line video was heading towards Russia’s border with Ukraine.

“Going forward, we are going to see more reports about Russian activities that relate to nuclear weapons, that relate to drills of units which can potentially be carrying nuclear warheads,” Muzyka mentioned. “Russia will try to increase the pressure on the West, and it will try to indicate to the world that, from its point of view, the nuclear option is being considered. But, you know, I still think that, to a large extent, it is a bluff.”

Myzyka mentioned that by declaring lately that every one choices are on the desk, the Russian chief has put himself in a position the place he “cannot really back down right now. And they will try to test Western resolve, and they will try to influence Western and Ukrainian decision making.”

Fears that Russia may launch a tactical, or small-scale nuclear strike have mounted since Putin issued his warning final week that he would defend Russian territory — together with elements of Ukraine he unilaterally declared dominion over this week — by “all the means at our disposal.”

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared to take the risk severely, telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday: “Maybe yesterday it was a bluff. Now, it could be a reality.” 

“He wants to scare the whole world. These are the first steps of his nuclear blackmail,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “I don’t think he’s bluffing. I think the world is deterring it and containing this threat. We need to keep putting pressure on him and not allow him to continue.”

CBS News senior overseas correspondent Charlie D’Agata requested the exiled mayor of Melitopol, a Ukrainian metropolis at present occupied by Russian forces, whether or not he believed the Russian chief would resort to nuclear weapons as he lashes out in anger over battlefield losses.

“I expect it,” Mayor Ivan Federov informed CBS News.  

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Justin Crump, a veteran of the British military and the CEO of the intelligence consulting agency Sibylline, informed BBC News earlier Tuesday, nonetheless, that Russia was seemingly stoking concern over a attainable nuclear assault primarily to affect Western resolution making.

“I think it’s pretty clear that Russian intent is to keep us nervous, to try across a whole spectrum of activities to dislocate Western support for Ukraine,” Crump mentioned. “I suspect that there’s quite a high likelihood of some kind of nuclear test in the Arctic, probably showcasing their new technology. That could well happen at this time of year anyway. But of course, anything like that now will be jumped on as proof that Russia is increasing the tension, increasing the ante, is getting ready to use weapons… These are not things to indicate something is imminent, but they’re being jumped on and extrapolated in this climate of fear. So that’s something we do have to be quite aware of.”

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