Russia has tested its new nuclear ICBM just days after the Kremlin insisted that using such weapons in Ukraine was out of the question.
ol General Sergey Karakaev, the commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, told a military conference yesterday that Russia had recently successfully tested its Sarmat missile, also known as the Satan II.
Tune in via video link to see Satan II take off for the first time during a test in northern Russia in April, and said the new ballistic missile will “think twice” about Russia’s enemies before threatening them.
Each Satan II can carry at least 10 warheads and decoys, and can hit targets thousands of miles away in Europe and the United States.
Russian defense sources have praised the missile’s ability to evade interception.
Colonel General Karakaev also said yesterday that the Russian missile forces are ready to receive a second batch of Avangard hypersonic glide missiles.
There is only one military unit equipped with hypersonic weapons capable of carrying nuclear warheads at 20 times the speed of sound.
Reports of new missile tests came just days after a Kremlin spokesman dismissed suggestions that Russia had threatened to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
“These questions, let alone speculation, are unacceptable,” said Dmitry Peskov. “It’s the European capitals that are talking about this and fueling tensions in this potentially dangerous area.”
In July, when the Kremlin’s nuclear saber-rattling was at its most intense, Putin warned that Russia would deploy the nuclear-capable Satan II by the end of the year. He has not made any similar claims since then.
Russian broadcasters have long used Satan II as a propaganda tool to threaten the West.
Dmitry Kiselyov, on his weekly show earlier this year, said the UK is “so small that one Sarmat missile will be enough to sink it once and for all”.
Satan II is reportedly capable of reaching the UK in three minutes.
Earlier this week, the G20 summit highlighted Moscow’s growing international isolation and issued a joint statement “strongly condemning” Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
China said this week it welcomed Russia’s statement not to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. After meeting with Russia at the Bali summit, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Moscow had reiterated its position that nuclear war was “impossible and unacceptable.”
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https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/vladimir-putin-test-fires-satan-ii-warhead-missile-despite-decrying-nuclear-war-42156539.html Vladimir Putin test-fires a Satan II warhead missile despite denouncing nuclear war