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Russian defense minister says Russia pays 'special attention' to buildup of naval nuclear forces

Anadolu Agency WORLD
Published November 21,2023
This handout picture taken and released by the Russian Defence Ministry on November 21, 2023 shows Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu chairing a roundtable meeting with military officials in Moscow. (AFP Photo)

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said Tuesday his country's military leadership "pays special attention to the buildup of naval strategic nuclear forces."

Shoygu told a meeting with military chiefs in Moscow that the share of modern ships in the naval nuclear forces reached 100% after three nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines entered the navy's service.

He argued that Ukraine's paratroopers had no success in taking control of several areas on the left side of the Dnipro River.

"All attempts of the armed forces of Ukraine to conduct an amphibious operation in the Kherson direction were unsuccessful. Thanks to the proactive and professional actions of our servicemen, units of the marines and special operations forces of the Ukrainian troops are suffering enormous losses," he said.

Last week. the Ukrainian Naval Forces Command said successful operations were carried out against the Russian military in the Kherson region and Ukrainian units had taken control of several areas on the left side of the Dnipro River.

Independent verification of the claims is impossible due to the ongoing war that started in February 2022.