Russia’s Defense Ministry said the missile was launched from ships in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea and was aimed at Ukraine’s military infrastructure
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Russia has reportedly fired a second deadly hypersonic missile at Ukraine.
The powerful Kalibr missiles can travel at up to five times the speed of sound.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the missile was fired at Ukrainian military infrastructure from ships in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea.
Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from Black Sea waters against the Nizhyn plant, which repairs Ukrainian armored vehicles damaged in combat.”
The use of the missiles is the latest sign that Vladimir Putin is growing more desperate as his military struggles to carry out his illegal invasion of Ukraine.
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The Kalibr weapon is so powerful that NATO has been dubbed “The Sizzler”.
Russian officials have claimed it can travel between 1,500 and 2,500 kilometers.
The spokesman also said other missiles, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, were also launched from Crimea to destroy a fuel storage facility used by Ukraine.
The launch of the Kinzhal missiles has not yet been officially verified.
While Russia has so far failed to launch large-scale attacks from the sea, its navy has blocked routes across the Black Sea to Ukraine.
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At least 100 ships are reportedly stranded in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, prompting Russia to open a blue corridor to let them out.
Ukrainian grain exports via this route have ground to a halt, raising the risk of global food shortages.
Ukraine’s ports on its southern coast have become key strategic targets for Russian forces, which they could use to attack the capital, Kyiv, from two directions.
Yesterday, a clip filmed by a military drone shows people fleeing through the snow after a base in the Ivano-Frankivsk region was hit by a Kinzhal hypersonic missile.
After bright flashes at the moment of impact, smoke billows through the air.
Russia’s defense military earlier said it used hypersonic weapons in combat for the first time during Friday’s strike.
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The attack is believed to have been carried out using Kinzhal or “Dagger” missiles, which are said to have a range of around 2,000 km.
Their speed and ability to fly low make them “invisible” to most missile defense systems, and they are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, experts said.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this morning condemned Russia’s incessant bombing of Mariupol.
He claimed that Russian forces in the city would “go down in history” as being responsible for “war crimes.”
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