VLADIMIR Putin has tested a terrifying new missile and started rebuilding a Cold War base in the Arctic amid fears of an all-out war with the West.
Footage emerged showing a massive military exercise involving an arsenal of fearsome weaponry in synchronised manoeuvres on land, air and sea.
A powerful strike group consisting of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, missile cruiser Varyag and two small missile ships Razliv and Morz, blasted targets with a barrage of rockets.
Four fearsome types of cruise missile were used in the attack – Vulkan, Granit, Malakhit and Onyx – which can obliterate targets up to 310 miles away.
The Russian military said in a statement: “All seven cruise missiles successfully hit the targets.”
The worrying exercise forms part of Vostok 2018, Russia’s largest ever military drill in 37 years.
The manoeuvre will mobilise some 300,000 troops, including thousands of soldiers from China, according to Bloomberg.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills were needed to ensure Russia’s military capabilities “in the current international situation, which is often quite aggressive and unfriendly to our country.”
But the exercise has alarmed Nato.
The organisation’s Deputy Spokesman Dylan White told Sputnik: “All nations have the right to exercise their armed forces.
“But it is essential that this is done in a transparent and predictable manner.”
According to the Siberian Times, Russia has also started to restore a Soviet military base in the Arctic port of Tiksi, 2,670 miles east of Moscow.
BY Will Stewart and Tiffany Lo
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