Russian war games terrifying city of Vladivostok

Written by Staff Writer at CNN Staff Writer at CNN Forget the South Korean-US, or even the Thai-Netherlands, Singapore-Indonesia flash floods that have recently affected millions of people. Most people wouldn’t expect a nuclear…

Russian war games terrifying city of Vladivostok

Written by Staff Writer at CNN Staff Writer at CNN

Forget the South Korean-US, or even the Thai-Netherlands, Singapore-Indonesia flash floods that have recently affected millions of people. Most people wouldn’t expect a nuclear war to make a fat appearance on the headlines.

This isn’t the case however in Russia’s eastern Kamchatka peninsula — where residents are preparing for nuclear detonations by taking part in a war games.

News agency RIA Novosti reported the war games will be taking place this week, in the mountainous region, which is less than 300 kilometers (180 miles) from Japan. About 10,000 people are involved, including a significant number of officers from Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

Terrifying imagery from the war games, dubbed “Explosion,” are still posted on Russian social media sites. Drones can be seen flying from mountain peaks to bases near the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. No one can doubt the realness of the situation, with images and video montages showing clouds that appear to be forming clouds, and infrared lights in the sky.

This is likely to be the most significant military exercise on Kamchatka in decades. Reuters reported last year that the region had seen dozens of nuclear tests in the past decades.

“Kamchatka is particularly vulnerable,” Mikhail Flanz, a Russian geo-topography expert and entrepreneur, told Reuters. “Its porous soil could easily produce a radioactive cloud that could drift to Asia.”

The war games come at a time when North Korea may be less worried about a nuclear threat. Western intelligence agencies said this week that North Korea has “dug tunnels, tested materials, stockpiled weapons, and fitted rockets with intercontinental-range, nuclear-capable technology” in preparation for a possible war with the US, reported BBC. The US has said it is ready to deal with Pyongyang if it decides to attack.

Despite a couple of nuclear tests in the last few years, North Korea claims to have no nuclear weapons and is not believed to have the technology to miniaturize them and place them on a missile. The US has a sophisticated system to monitor North Korea’s tests, according to US officials. In the summer of 2016, South Korea said the North had fired a missile that flew 500 kilometers (310 miles) into the Sea of Japan.

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