Russia launches huge nuclear war training exercise that ‘involves 40 million people’

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‘Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow,’ says Russian government-run TV network

gettyimages-86861030A Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of delivering multiple nuclear weapons, is paraded through Moscow’s Red Square in the 2009 Victory Day parade DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images

The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise to ensure the country is properly prepared in the event of a nuclear, chemical and biological attack from the West.

Amid growing international tensions, particulary over Russia’s conduct in Syria, the Defence Ministry-run Zvezda TV network announced last week: “Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.”

Lasting three days, the exercise bing run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) will involve 200,000 emergency personnel and the co-operation of 40 million civilians.

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EMERCOM stated on its website: “The drill will rehearse radiation, chemical and biological protection of the personnel and population during emergencies at crucial and potentially dangerous facilities.

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