Russian Federation launches ballistic missiles from submarines, spaceport during strategic drills

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Russian Federation launches ballistic missiles from submarines, spaceport during strategic drills

According to the country's defence ministry, the missile was sacked about 500 miles north of Moscow, The Independent reported. A Topol intercontinental ballistic missile was tested from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russian Federation, hitting a target thousands of miles away at a military testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula, according to reports.

The weapon is said to be capable of carrying 12 nuclear warheads and could wipe out a whole country with a single strike.

"Units of Strategic Missile Forces control centres, crews of nuclear missile submarines of the Northern and Pacific Fleets as well as long-range strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out training missions", the statement says.

Three ballistic missiles were also fired from nuclear submarines as part of the drills to test Russia's nuclear arsenal.

"The goals of the exercises were successfully accomplished as all designated targets were destroyed", the ministry concluded.

Since July, North Korea has conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, launched missiles over Japan and test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles. The manoeuvres follow massive war games conducted last month by Russian Federation and Belarus that caused jitters in some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, including Poland and the Baltics.

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