Russia's defence ministry claims it has used hypersonic missiles for the first time ever in combat. It said Russian forces had destroyed an underground Ukrainian missile depot in the Ivano-Frankovsk region yesterday. The region of Ivano-Frankivsk shares a 40 kilometers long border with NATO member Romania. The use of the weapons is the latest sign Vladimir Putin is getting increasingly desperate as his military struggles to carry out his illegal invasion of Ukraine. Details about the operation remain scarce, but Russia has previously bragged about its hypersonic weapons arsenal.
The strike is believed to have been carried out using Kinzhal - or 'Dagger missiles', which have been claimed to have a range of around 2,000 km. Their speed and ability to fly low makes them "invisible" to most anti-missile defence systems, and they are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Putin previously said that the country began to create hypersonic weapons "in response to the US deployment of a strategic missile defence system". Russian President Vladimir Putin has termed the Kinzhal missile "an ideal weapon" that flies at 10 times the speed of sound and can overcome air-defence systems.
The Kinzhal missile was one of an array of new weapons Putin unveiled in his state-of-the-nation address in 2018. It is the first known time the new Kinzhal has been used in the conflict but it was earlier "tested" in Syria. If you want to watch the full version about this Kinzhal missile, just go to another video of our channel on the link attached below.