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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missiles Y2K-Safe

MOSCOW -- The Russian military reiterated Wednesday that the nation's nuclear forces are ready for the Year 2000 computer problem and immune against any glitches.

Strategic Missile Forces chief Colonel General Vladimir Yakovlev said Wednesday that the Y2K bug has been solved and ruled out any emergencies like unsanctioned launches. He didn't elaborate, and a duty officer at the forces' headquarters refused to give further details.

Yakovlev recently invited a group of Russian reporters to the strategic forces main command center in a bunker near Moscow to dispel fears and demonstrate readiness for Y2K.

The military has acknowledged they are facing a severe funding shortage, but insisted that nuclear weapons are under firm control.