RUSSIA claims it has fired a second deadly hypersonic missile at Ukraine, capable of traveling five times as fast as sonic.
The powerful Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from ships in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea at Ukrainian military infrastructure, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
According to reports, long-range precision weapon attacks were carried out on the evening of March 19 and the morning of March 20.
The strikes hit a site in the city of Nizhyn in Chernihiv state, 116 miles northeast of the northern Ukraine capital Kyiv.
Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “Workshops at the Nizhyn Repair Plant, which were used to repair Ukrainian armored vehicles damaged in combat operations, were destroyed by sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles launched from Black Sea waters.”
He added that Kalibr missiles launched from the Caspian Sea and Kinzhal hypersonic missiles launched from the airspace over Crimea also revealed a huge Ukrainian fuel and lubricants storage base near Kostayantynivka in the region destroyed Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.
Konashenkov said the base was used to supply fuel to Ukrainian armored vehicles on the battlefields in the south of the country.
Capable of traveling at up to five times the speed of sound, the Kalibr weapon is so powerful it has been dubbed “The Sizzler” by NATO.
Other missiles, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, were also fired from Crimea to destroy a fuel storage facility used by Ukraine, he added.
Although the launch of the Kinzhal missiles was not officially confirmed on Sunday, they were deployed in western Ukraine yesterday.
On Saturday, Russia launched its Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile, the first time such a weapon had been used since the start of the Ukraine war.
The video captured the dramatic moment when a Russian hypersonic missile destroyed an ammunition depot in western Ukraine.
Moscow claims its Kinzhal missiles cannot be stopped by Western missile defense systems.
The video, allegedly filmed by a military drone, shows the moment in a big way Ukrainian Ammunition dump in Ivano-Frankivsk was hit by a deadly Russian hypersonic Kinzhal missile.
RussiaThe Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said: “The Kinzhal air missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse with missiles and missile ammunition in the village of Deliatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region.”
Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the “unstoppable” weapon was deployed on Friday.
It is the first known time that the new Kinzhal has been used in the conflict but it was “tested” earlier in Syria in wartime conditions.
President Putin previously described the missile as “an ideal weapon” that flies at ten times the speed of sound and cannot be shot down by conventional air defense systems.
The Kinzhal can is nuclear capable, but this was a conventional hit.
It has a range of 1,250 miles and is unrivaled in the West, according to Moscow.
Konashenkov also claimed that Russia used its Bastion coastal missile system to destroy Ukrainian military radio and reconnaissance centers near the port city of Odessa, Interfax news agency reported.
Moscow also claims it attacked a Ukrainian military preparation center near Lviv, where foreign fighters who joined the Ukrainian troops were stationed.
The Kremlin continues to deny Western claims that it is targeting civilian areas.
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