Russia's official news agency says that country's military has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to several other sources.
Reuters cites the Russian News & Information Agency as reporting the Russians launched an RS-12M Topol missile in a region called Astrakhan. The test warhead struck a proving-ground target in Kazakhstan.
Also on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.
Russian soldiers in Ukraine are pictured in a file photo.