(INTELLIHUB) — Russia is currently engaged in a massive civil defense training exercise encompasses over 40 million people, Oleg Manuilov, the Director of Civil Defense in Russia was quoted saying in a foreign press release dated Oct. 2.

Also attending the so called “exercise” — “more than 200 thousand professional rescue units, 50 thousand pieces of equipment […]” and top executives.

This comes just as relations with the United States took a twist, a turn for the worse, earlier this week behind the scenes. Make no mistake — this situation is indeed intensifying and foreign news outlets have already reported the likelihood that Russia will engage in global thermal nuclear war with the U.S. if provoked.

The alert was “given by civil defense structures in coordination with the regional and municipal authorities […] will be checked by the system of emergency population warning of disaster occurrence, or the threat thereof,” according to Manuilov.

The Russian “exercise” appears to be a semi-covert message from the top down, intended  to get people into position.

“Abnormal emergency rescue teams” were also cited in the release, sparking concern from people in-the-know.

A headline out of the mainline publication the Mirror reads, “Russia prepares citizens for NUCLEAR WAR with the West and builds huge underground shelters in Moscow.” The article goes on to mention how “Russia has started preparing its citizens for a ‘nuclear war’ with the West as tensions mount over Syria.”

To boot, Russia is also known to have the largest nuclear weapons arsenal in the world with some “8,400 warheads,” as mentioned by the Mirror.

At about 3 pm eastern time Tuesday “the United States Air Force SCRAMBLED three (3) model E6B nuclear command-and-control Aircraft from Offutt AFB, with at least two other model E4 Mobile Presidential Command Planes already airborne.  These aircraft are part of the TACAMO (Take Charge And Move Out) system to command the global United States military arsenal from the air in the event the US is attacked and ground facilities are destroyed.,” according to one online publication.

The publication also reported:

Military members from the United States who are in and around Syria have been calling their families back in the states telling them

“We have been told to prepare for a tactical nuclear exchange with Russia in Syria and forces at home in the U.S. have been ordered to prepare for one-for-one intercontinental ballistic missile exchange(s) with Russia once the fighting breaks out in Syria!”

 Further, those conversations have included warnings to families to immediately RELOCATE away from U.S. Military bases which are expected to be targets of any intercontinental attack.

Moreover, the U.S. Department of State has suspended participation of bilateral channels with Russia over Syria as of Oct. 3.

We will provide you with more updates here at Intellihub.com as we get them.

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