Putin ‘testing mysterious new hypersonic nuclear missile’ at isolated test site
As he readies up to 100k new troops, Vladimir Putin is reportedly also testing a mysetrious new hypersonic nuclear missile at an isolated testing site in northern Russia.
The news firms up his comment of "I'm not bluffing" when talking about nuclear willingness during a speech earlier this week.
The Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile is dubbed a "flying Chernobyl" by experts and was reportedly spotted at Novaya Zemlya test site earlier this month.
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The missile, built to carry a nuclear warhead, is powered by a small nuclear reactor that poses a real threat to humans and the environment, sofrep.com reports.
Military analyst Tony Roper obtained new pictures of the missile site last weekend, telling the Barents observer: "It is definitely Burevestnik."
The overhead images purportedly show that Burevestnik has been prepped for launch at the Pankovo base.
It comes as Putin has become more forthright in his threats of using nuclear weapons.
Earlier this week, the Russian President suggested he was willing to launch nuclear strikes in response to attacks on his territory.
The warmonger claimed Russia had "lots of weapons to reply" to apparent "nuclear blackmail" by the West, announcing he would use "all means necessary" against the those trying to "subjugate" the nation, including "neo-nazis" in Ukraine.
As his speech came to an end he added: "I'm not bluffing."
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"That's why I asked the ministry of defence to agree to 'partial mobilisation,'" he said.
However, one expert said the autocrat is indeed bluffing.
Mikhail Kasyanov, Russia's former Prime Minister, says he "very much doubts" Vladimir Putin's warning of the usage of weapons of mass destruction will come to fruition.
Kasyanov served as Putin's PM between 2000 and 2004 and claimed his regime will inevitably collapse within two years.
The former PM was forced to leave Russia and moved to an undisclosed location earlier this year, the Daily Mirror reports.
Kasyanov told Channel 4 News: "In terms of mobilisation, it's not a bluff. In terms of potential use of nuclear weapons, I think it's a bluff."
He added: "He wants right now to blackmail the Western leaders, the whole of Western society.
"He wants to recognise, through these artificial referendums, occupied parts of Ukraine as Russian territory and to say to the Western leaders after that, 'Putin is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russian sovereign territory'.
"But I very much doubt that Mr Putin will use nuclear weapons because he realises that for the Western leaders, that's the same.
"Whether there is annexation and recognition, the nature of the war would not be changed."
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