A freight train that is associated with the nuclear-arms wielding division of Russia's Defence Ministry has been seen travelling through central Russia.
It comes weeks after Vladimir Putin hinted he would be willing to use nuclear weapons to win the war against Ukraine in a thinly-veiled threat to the West.
A series of BPM-97 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) A video of several military vehicles were seen travelling through the country alongside armoured personal carriers was posted on Telegram on Sunday.
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The military vehicles reportedly belong to the 12th Main Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defence and are set to travel to the frontlines of Ukraine.
Military analyst Konrad Muzyka believes an escalation in the war could be on the horizon after the deployment of the units which are rarely seen on the frontlines of wars.
While he said the movement of the military units doesn't mean Russia is preparing to unload a nuclear weapon on Ukraine, he did suggest that it could be classed as a "signal to the West that Moscow is escalating" the war.
The Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN), a Russian military branch that controls nuclear missiles and forms a key part of Putin's nuclear programme is among the most advanced programmes in the world and they are known to endure rigorous training drills in autumn.
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Vasily Kashin, a military and political analyst at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow said: "We're in a situation in which superiority in resources and conventional weaponry is on the side of the West.
"But Russia's power is based on its nuclear arsenal."
NATO sent a warning note that the Russian Belgorod nuclear submarine had left its base in the White Sea in northern Russia with fears that it may be used to test the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone.
The drone is said to be capable of travelling remarkable distances underwater as well as possessing enough force to trigger a nuclear tsunami that has the potential to drown coastal cities.
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Meanwhile, Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov who is a close ally of Putin expressed his view that Russia should deploy low-yield nuclear weapons against Ukraine to gain back the advantage in the war.
"I do not know what the Defence Ministry reports to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Putin], but in my personal opinion, we need to take more drastic measures," he said.
The news of this latest update in the usage of nuclear weapons comes after North Korea launched a missile over Japan which landed in the Pacific Ocean.
It was the first time since 2017 that North Korea had fired a missile over Japan as citizens were warned to immediately find shelter either in buildings or underground.
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