Putin Oversees Launch of Four Nuclear-Capable Missiles

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday. (Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters)

President Vladimir Putin has personally overseen the launch of four nuclear-capable ballistic missiles as part of a training exercise for Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, the Kremlin said on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported.

The test launches, conducted on Thursday, involved land, air and submarine-based ballistic missiles, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a separate statement.

The ministry said a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile had been test fired from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia, hitting a target at the Kura military testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula thousands of miles away.