Huge drills in Russia: Putin sparking fears of WW3 by ordering evacuation of 40 mln Russians – Express

19:01 Oct. 4, 2016

Putin sparking fears of WW3 by ordering evacuation of 40 mln Russians – Express

Putin and military drills (Collage by Express)

The huge four-day "civil defence" drill has set alarm bells ringing in Washington and London

British ‘Express' published the article of Joey Millar today under the title "Is Putin preparing for WW3? Russia begins evacuation of forty million people in huge drill".

The author writes: "Vladimir Putin has sparked fears of WW3 after ordering the evacuation of 40 million Russians today. The huge four-day "civil defence" drill has set alarm bells ringing in Washington and London, with tensions already high over disagreements in Syria.

Following a breakdown in communication between the USA and Russia, the Kremlin has now organised the huge emergency practice drill - either as a show of force or something more sinister.

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The drill will prepare Russian citizens for "large natural and man-made disasters", according to the country's Ministery for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disaster.

The ministry revealed 40 million civilians, 200,000 emergency rescuers and 50,000 units of equipment are involved in this war game, which is running from October 4 to October 7.

A spokesman said in a statement: "The main goal of the drill is to practice organisation of management during civil defence events and emergency and fire management, to check preparedness of management bodies and forces of civil defence on all levels to respond to natural and man-made disasters and to take civil defence measures."

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They explained the scheme would be divided into three stages: awareness, planning and evacuation.

The statement said: "The drill will rehearse radiation, chemical and biological protection of the personnel and population during emergencies at crucial and potentially dangerous facilities. Fire safety, civil defence and human protection at social institutions and public buildings are also planned to be checked. Response units will deploy radiation, chemical and biological monitoring centres and sanitation posts in emergency areas, while laboratory control networks are going to be put on standby."

Last week, the US condemned Russia's actions in Syria, which it said were leading to death and destruction (UK said it as well, naming Putin deeds "unquestionably a war crime" - UT).

Relationships between the two superstates has now broken down completely, and this latest show of power by Mr Putin is likely to be welcomed by his American counterparts."

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