Russia says it used hypersonic missiles in Ukraine again

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Moscow launches cruise and hypersonic missiles targeting Ukrainian subject assets arsenic it steps up its subject offensive.

Published On 20 Mar 2022

Russia’s defence ministry says it attacked Ukraine with cruise missiles from ships successful the Black and Caspian Seas, and with hypersonic missiles from Crimean airspace.

Russian defence ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said connected Sunday that the Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic rocket deed a Ukrainian substance depot successful Kostiantynivka adjacent the Black Sea larboard of Mykolaiv.

He added: “Kalibr cruise missiles were launched from the waters of the Black Sea against the Nizhyn works that repairs Ukrainian armoured vehicles damaged successful fighting.”

The attacks marked the 2nd time successful a enactment that Russia utilized the Kinzhal, a limb susceptible of striking targets 2,000km (1,250 miles) distant astatine 10 times the velocity of sound.

Konashenkov added that different onslaught by air-launched missiles deed a installation successful Ovruch successful the bluish Zhytomyr portion wherever overseas fighters and Ukrainian peculiar forces were based.

The erstwhile day, the Russian subject said the Kinzhal had been utilized for the archetypal time successful combat to destruct an ammunition depot successful Diliatyn successful the Carpathian Mountains successful occidental Ukraine.

‘Kamikaze drones’

Russia prides itself connected its precocious weaponry, and President Vladimir Putin said successful December that Russia was the planetary person successful hypersonic missiles, whose speed, manoeuvrability and altitude marque them hard to way and intercept.

The Kinzhal missiles are portion of an array of weapons unveiled successful 2018. Russia archetypal utilized the hypersonic rocket during its military run successful Syria successful 2016.

Putin has called the Kinzhal rocket “an perfect weapon” fixed its velocity and quality to flooded air-defence systems.

“This is simply a rocket susceptible of carrying atomic warheads and is believed to beryllium undetectable by occidental aerial defence systems,” said Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari, speaking from Moscow. “It is being called an unstoppable ballistic missile.”

Putin announced an array of caller hypersonic weapons successful 2018 successful 1 of his astir bellicose speeches successful years, saying they could deed astir immoderate constituent successful the satellite and evade a US-built rocket shield.

The pursuing year, helium threatened to deploy hypersonic missiles connected ships and submarines that could lurk extracurricular US territorial waters if Washington moved to deploy intermediate-range atomic weapons successful Europe.

The US has actively pursued the improvement of hypersonic weapons – manoeuvering weapons that alert astatine speeds of astatine slightest Mach 5 – arsenic a portion of its accepted Prompt Global Strike programme since the aboriginal 2000s, according to a caller legislature report.

These weapons could alteration “responsive, long-range, onslaught options against distant, defended, and/or time-critical threats [such arsenic road-mobile missiles] erstwhile different forces are unavailable, denied access, oregon not preferred”, said erstwhile Commander of US Strategic Command General John Hyten.

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