Russia says it test-fired ICBM from nuclear submarine
Why it matters: The announcement comes three days after Russian leader Vladimir Putin officially revoked the country's ratification of a global ban on nuclear weapons testing amid heightened tensions with the West over his war on Ukraine.
- U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said in a statement condemning the withdrawal that the move was part of a "disturbing and misguided effort to heighten nuclear risks and raise tensions as it pursues its illegal war against Ukraine."
Details: The Russian defense ministry said it launched the Bulava missile from an underwater position in the country's northern White Sea, striking a target in the far-eastern region of Kamchatka.
- It can carry up to six nuclear warheads, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
The big picture: Putin has made several veiled nuclear threats since his military launched a full-scare invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, though he later denied he'd use them on the country and said he "only hinted in response to statements made by Western leaders."