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Russia tests hypersonic missiles as tensions rise over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko to watch the training from the Kremlin’s Situation Room.

The training included Russia’s Black Sea and North Sea Navy, as well as national strategic forces, the Kremlin said. (AFP)

The Kremlin said Russia had successfully tested the latest hypersonic, cruising and nuclear-capable ballistic missiles as part of a “planned exercise” amid heightened tensions over Ukraine.

“All missiles have achieved their targets and confirmed their performance targets,” the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday, adding that the training included Tu-95 bombers and submarines.

“The main purpose of these exercises is to complete the performance of the strategic attack force with the aim of providing a guaranteed strike against the enemy,” Chief of Staff Valerie Gerasimov said on television. I told Putin in a comment.

Russian leaders visited Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to watch the training from the Kremlin’s Situation Room.

Gerasimov said strategic training involves two stages.

He said the first was to test the work of “weapons with increased potential threats”.

“The second involves the use of licensed masses of Russian Federation strategic offensive weapons in the event of retaliation,” the general said.

The training included Russia’s Black Sea and North Sea Navy, as well as national strategic forces, the Kremlin said.

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The training follows a huge series of operations by Russian troops over the past four months, including the expansion of troops estimated to be more than 150,000 in the west, north, east and south of Ukraine.

Moscow-based analysts said the exercise aimed to send a message to take Russia’s demands for security seriously after the expansion of the alliance to the Russian border since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Said that.

Dmitry Stephanovich, a researcher at the IMEMO RAS think tank, told Reuters that “the signal to the west is not so” interfering “and the problem is not Ukraine, it is actually much wider. I’m doing it. “

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltemberg said on Saturday that he knew that the alliance could not meet its demands, including the withdrawal of NATO troops from former communist Eastern European countries that chose to join NATO. rice field.

New helicopters and tanks, armored personnel carriers, and combatgroup deployments of assistive equipment have been deployed in Russia near the border, according to US-based Maxar Technologies, which is tracking development with satellite images.

The Kremlin is also conducting staging exercises for tens of thousands of troops in Belarus, northern Ukraine, scheduled to end on Sunday. Lukashenko said on Friday they could stay as long as they needed.

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Source: AFP

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