31 Oct '13, 12am

Putin oversees maneuvers of Russian nuclear forces

A tablet captures an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, outside Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 3, 2013. Putin says Russia will expand its presence in the Arctic and restore a Soviet-era military base there. Alexander Astafyev, RIA-Novosti/AP MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin oversaw a massive exercise of Russia's nuclear forces Wednesday that involved multiple test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, a formidable demonstration of Russia's resurgent military power. "All launches were conducted as required. All practice targets were hit," the Kremlin said in a terse statement. In addition to strategic nuclear forces, the maneuvers involved aerospace defense units and the air force and navy, the Kremlin said. The Defense Ministry said the exercise saw the launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles, an RS-12M Topo...

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