VLADIMIR Putin has ordered his fleet to test a nuclear missile launch in a surprise revenge move - on the one-year anniversary of the sinking of his flagship. The unexpected drills were announced by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu - one year after the sinking of the Moskva. 1 Russia has reportedly held nuclear drills on the anniversary of the sinking of the MoskvaVladimir Putin ordered his Pacific Fleet to undertake surprise war games to test their readiness to stage a retaliatory nuclear strike on the West. The Pacific Fleet’s strategic firepower has been seen since Soviet times as Moscow’s main weapon in retaliatory strikes. "During the event, the Pacific Fleet will have to repel massive missile and air strikes, conduct exercises to search for and destroy submarines, perform torpedo and artillery firing and missile launches."