The Russian Defense Ministry has released images of the Kilo “Volkhov” class submarine firing a cruise missile during exercises in the Sea of Japan. The Russian Navy exercise comes amid growing tension between Russia and NATO over Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement: “Today the last diesel-electric submarine of the Pacific Fleet, Volkhov, launched a Kalibr cruise missile from the submerged position in the Sea of Japan against a target on the ground.
“The missile hit the coastal target on the Syurkum tactical field in the Khabarovsk region at the specified time.
“The missile was launched at a distance of more than 1,000 km.”
“Pacific Fleet ships and vessels, Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation aircraft and drones provided missile firing support,” the statement added.
Footage shows the submarine’s control room as the crew prepares to launch the missile.
A Russian submariner can be heard giving orders over the intercom: “Battle Alert! Missile Attack!”
Moments later, the cruise missile can be seen breaking through the surface of the sea after being launched from a submerged position.
The missile is then shown hitting a ground target.
The US president said such an invasion would be met with a “stern and coordinated response, an economic response as discussed in detail with our allies, as made very clear with President Putin.”
He added: “But there is no doubt, there is no doubt, that if Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price.”
“Russia has a long history of using measures other than overt military action to carry out aggression,” Biden warned.
“Paramilitary tactics, so-called gray area attacks and action by Russian soldiers not wearing Russian uniforms.”