With stresses between Russia and the United States at their maximum since the Cold War, there have been escalating indications coming out of Moscow that would suggest the country is prepared for war.
Almost no one is convinced the Kremlin is in fact organizing for a military conflict with the United States. Nearly all analysts rather view it as a show, meant to enhance support at home and to deter Western countries from intervening militarily in Syria.
There are some disturbing things Russia has done, nevertheless, to give the perception that war is looming:
Be wary the ‘Nuclear Dimensions’
As the conflict between the United and Russia has worsened over Syria, and amongst rumours Washington may launch airstrikes in opposition to Syrian government forces, Russian state-controlled media has gone into high gear, requesting Russians whether they are ready for nuclear war.
“If that should one day happen, each of you must know where the nearest bomb shelter is,” a article on the state-controlled network, NTV, mentioned, before taking viewers on a tour of a nuclear bunker in Moscow.
State outlets, already solidly anti-American in their coverage, have exposed themselves further, partaking in bitter denunciations of America duplicity, bombastic promises of severe defenses and freely bandying the nuclear card. Russia’s main current affairs demonstrate, hosted by a man recognized by critics as the country’s “propagandist-in-chief,” cautioned American “impudence” could take on “nuclear dimensions,” then spending 40 minutes taking viewers through a plethora of potential nuclear options Russia possesses if the United States were to get involved too strongly in Syria. The host, Evgeny Kiselyov, detailed how three Russian missile frigates this week had sailed toward Syria to head off potential U.S. airstrikes towards Syrian military targets.
“Incidentally,” Kiselyov explained to his audience, the ships missiles “also [come] in a nuclear version. Which version is aboard our missile frigates right now isn’t known.”
Examine Your Gas Masks
This month Russia held a large-scale civil defense drill across the country, designed to prepare folks for disasters, among them nuclear catastrophe. The drill, which Russian authorities stated impacted 40 million individuals, and especially the way it was provided on state television, resembled Soviet-era exercises, with scenes of school children flooding out in evacuations and being coached to hurriedly pull on gas masks.
Who’s in control Here?
Russia’s defense ministry has declared how the country would function in time of war, making clear which government bodies would take command. The answer was mostly it would, taking control of governor’s offices, local administrations and the police. The military simulated that scenario during a massive exercise in southern Russia.
The Tone of Saber-Rattling
The maneuvers took on harder forms as well. This week, Russia deployed nuclear-capable missiles to Kaliningrad, its northern European enclave between Poland and Lithuania that put the weapons within striking distance of Western capitals. Moscow has threatened before to deploy the Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad, in response, it states, to the establishment of the U.S. anti-missile shield being constructed in Eastern Europe. But this week’s deployment came sooner than predicted, with analysts indicating that pointed out the Kremlin wanted to play it as part of the broader saber-rattling exhibit in the confrontation around Syria.
Via Land or Sea
Russia also carried out a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests this week, launching three missiles in just one day. Two of the nuclear-capable missiles were launched from submarines off Russia’s Pacific coast, the third was fired from an inland launch pad, RIA Novosti documented.
What a Disaster Might Resemble
Still, in spite of the threats, the exhibit has sometimes shown its seems. In the NTV record cautioning individuals to identify their nearest fallout shelter, the presenter questioned a retired colonel “showing several possible scenarios of the catastrophe” on a map.
The “map” ended up being a U.S. video game based on nuclear conflict.
Each and every Neighborhood Requires a Good Bomb Shelter
Most Russians don’t take the war talk to a great extent, laughing off the concept on the street. Most take a more practical view of whether there’s in fact need to find a bomb-shelter. A photo being shared on social media revealed an apartment block in suburban Moscow where pranksters or enterprising fraudsters had posted a flier requesting residents to donate cash to build a neighborhood bomb shelter.
“Hurry,” the flier stated. “Places are limited.”
These People Are A Danger To Themselves And Others! Wake Up!!!!!!
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