The threat of nuclear war by Russia has ramped up after new leaked images show a nuclear-capable Russian submarine being stocked up.
Lethal Kalibr strategic missiles have been spotted being put onto a Veliky Novogorod diesel-electric submarine, which is thought to be heading to Ukraine to potentially be used in the invasion.
It was in the dock in Sevastopol, according to the Ukraine Now Telegram channel.
“Russian Kalibr-type cruise missiles were loaded onto the Veliky Novgorod diesel-electric submarine – the very ones bombing the peaceful cities of Ukraine.
The loading several days ago came ahead of a mission by the submarine in the Black Sea.
Ukraine’s Yug operation command said: “By blocking shipping, conducting surface situation detection and aerial reconnaissance, [the Russians] continue to carry the threat of a missile attack on almost the entire territory of Ukraine.”
The last time the missile was spotted and used was in 201, when Russian submarines in the Mediterranean sea launched them on positions of the rebels in Idlib, Syria.
Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu has boasted that deployment in Syria from the Caspian Sea “confirmed a high effectiveness of the missiles at major distances of nearly 1500 km (932 miles).”
The Kalibr can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.
Conventional warheads are believed to be on the pier where the submarine is tethered in Sevastopol, in Crimea, annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The Kalibr has been used in the current war to target Ukraine, but the missile is prone to misfiring as seen last year from a warship on Russia ’s Pacific coast.
A video showed how a missile fired from frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov rose, and rotated alarmingly before crashing into the sea.
Eventually the Kalibr missile burned out in the Pacific Ocean, as the warship sped away.
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