Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbour Ukraine. The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, the state-run news agency RIA cited Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov as saying.
CNN is reporting that Russia had previously alerted US defense forces that the test-firing would take place today. Both the US and Russia routinely advise each other about missile tests, but keeping to the firing schedule in light of how things have been the last few days is certain to rattle many nerves. Mine included.