Amid the rising tensions between Russia and the Western allies on the Ukraine war, Russia deploys ‘hypersonic Zircon Missiles’ in the Atlantic as Ukraine gets supplied with more military equipment and ammunition from the U.S. and NATO member states.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sent a frigate — armed with the country’s latest Zircon hypersonic missile on a trans-ocean cruise, in a show of force, as tensions with the West escalated over the war in Ukraine.
Russia claims the Zircon missile can evade any Western air defenses by flying at an astounding 7,000 miles per hour (11,265 kilometers per hour).
It is one of several hypersonic missiles that Russia has developed. Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates, and submarines and could be used against both enemy ships and ground targets.
This comes as Washington predict intense combat would continue for months on the Eastern frontline. Also, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday, that his country was considering sending Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine, the heavy vehicles which have not yet been supplied.
Ukraine has been resisting Russian invasion since February 2022, Europe’s biggest land conflict since 1945. Over the past ten months, cities have been destroyed, millions of people displaced and tens of thousands killed.
In the recent past, Russian forces have intensified their offensives across Ukrainian cities targeting energy infrastructures and residential buildings, according to official sources.
“In the past 24 hours, Russia had launched seven missile strikes, 18 air strikes, and more than 85 attacks from multiple-launch rocket systems towards civilian infrastructure in the cities of Kramatorsk, Zaporizhzhia, and KhersonHowever,” Ukraine officials said. However, Russia repeatedly denied the deliberate attack on civilian populations.
With no signs of peace talks or political engagement on the horizon, the Russia-Ukraine conflict will continue for months, with severe consequences on the regional and global levels.