Day 245: Russia holds drills involving training for a massive nuclear strike

Russia holds drills simulating massive nuclear strike

On Wednesday, October 26, Russia held drills involving training for a massive nuclear strike. Putin oversaw the exercises via video link. 

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the aim of the drill was to practice carrying out a massive nuclear strike “in retaliation for the enemy’s nuclear strike”.

A Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome, and a Sineva ballistic missile was fired from the Barents Sea to the Kura test site in Kamchatka province. Long-range bombers Tu-95MS fired air-launched cruise missiles, the Kremlin said.

Putin threatens the world with nuclear strikes against a backdrop of Ukraine’s military successes.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyi called on NATO for preventive action instead of waiting for Russia to implement its threats.

U.S. President Joe Biden warned Russia that the use of a tactical nuclear weapon would be an “incredibly serious mistake”.

Poland’s Senate declares Russian government a terrorist regime

On Wednesday, October 26, Poland’s Senate, the upper chamber of the parliament, passed a resolution declaring the Russian government a terrorist regime.

The resolution passed unanimously by a vote of 85 to 0. “Russia’s aim is to wipe a sovereign country off the map and to wipe out the Ukrainian nation,” the resolution says. Today, Ukraine is “at the forefront defending democracy and freedom.” The Russian occupying forces are terrorizing Ukrainians and are bombarding civilian sites, the document proceeds.

“Bandits in Russian uniforms torture and kill prisoners of war and civilians in the occupied territories. They kidnap Ukrainian children (…). They resettle Ukrainians sending them to far-off Russian areas. Vladimir Putin and his apparatus of violence return to cruel practices of Stalin’s and Nazi regimes. That is why Russia must be defeated and must not be able to threaten its neighbors,” the senators said.

On October 13, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a resolution calling on the Council of Europe member states to declare Russia a terrorist regime.

Russia continues missile terror

On October 25, a Russian missile strike killed two including a 25-year-old pregnant woman Inna Odanets.

The strike occurred at around 9:30 p.m., head of the Dnipropetrovska regional military administration Valentyn Reznichenko said.

“A Russian missile strike on Dnipro claimed the life of a young pregnant woman. Bastards. There can be no forgiveness for that,” he said. A Russian missile hit a gas station where Inna and her husband Maksym were staying. Maksym is in hospital with serious injuries. On October 26, an air raid alert was declared five times across Ukraine.

Russian Orthodox Church’s role in Ukraine war. Ukraine in Flames #230

In Russia, the Church is more than just a religious establishment, it’s a way to influence the opinions and actions of millions of people. The Dean of the Theology-Philosophy Faculty at the Ukrainian Catholic University Yuriy Shchurko, the research fellow at the Institute of Church History at the Ukrainian Catholic University Anatolii Babynskyi, and the Head of the department of Religious Studies at the Institute of Philosophy in Kyiv, Ukraine Oleksandr Sagan explain how.