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Russia unleashes ‘hypersonic missiles’ | The West Australian

Russia has used hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles to destroy a large weapons depot in Ukraine’s western Ivano-Frankivsk region, the Kremlin’s Interfax news agency says.

Interfax said it was the first time Russia had deployed the hypersonic Kinzhal system since it sent its troops into Ukraine on February 24.

Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a briefing the underground depot hit by the Kinzhal system on Friday housed Ukrainian missiles and aircraft ammunition, according to a recording of the briefing shared by Russian news agencies.

The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia prides itself on its advanced weaponry, with President Vladimir Putin in December describing his country as the global leader in hypersonic missiles, whose speed, manoeuvrability and altitude make them difficult to track and intercept.

The Kinzhal missiles are part of an array of weapons unveiled in 2018.

Konashenkov added on Saturday that Russian forces had also destroyed military radio and reconnaissance centres near the Ukrainian port city of Odessa using the Bastion coastal missile system.

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