Russia launches ‘Kinzhal’, nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that cannot be stopped by Western defense systems


Russia's MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.

Russia鈥檚 MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.

Photo: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images

A video captured the moment a Russian hypersonic missile destroys an ammunition depot in western Ukraine.

Moscow claims that its lethal 鈥楰inzhal鈥 rockets cannot be stopped by Western missile defense systems.

According to reports, the video shot by a military drone shows the moment when a large Ukrainian ammunition depot in Ivano-Frankivsk was hit by a deadly Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missile.

The Russian Defense Ministry said: 鈥淭he Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse containing aviation missiles and ammunition in the village of Deliatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region.鈥

Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the 鈥渦nstoppable鈥 weapon was deployed on Friday.

It is the first time the new Kinzhal is known to be used in the conflict, but it has previously been 鈥渢ested鈥 in Syria under wartime conditions.

President Putin earlier called the missile 鈥渁n ideal weapon鈥 that flies at 10 times the speed of sound and cannot be shot down by conventional air defense systems.

Kinzhal is nuclear capable, but this was a conventional attack.

It has a range of 1,250 miles and is unrivaled in the West, according to Moscow.

Konashenkov also claimed that Russia had destroyed the Ukrainian military radio and reconnaissance centers near the port city of Odessa using its Bastion coastal missile system, the Interfax news agency reported.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia had stockpiled 鈥渦nrivaled鈥 hypersonic missiles.

Earlier this week, Russia released chilling new footage of its 7,000mph Zircon hypersonic nuclear missile that could hit London in five minutes.

The Kremlin had previously labeled the deadly weapon, which carries a conventional or nuclear warhead, 鈥渦nstoppable.鈥

Putin first announced the deadly Kinzhal missiles as part of an exhibition of new Russian weapons in 2018.

At the time, Putin said of the West: 鈥淭hey need to take into account a new reality and understand鈥 (this) is not a hoax.鈥

Putin has recently been using more destructive weapons as the war progresses.

Last month, Russia began dropping terrifying 鈥渧acuum bombs鈥 that can explode the lungs of enemy troops near Kharkov, Ukraine鈥檚 second largest city.

It comes as four Russian cruise missiles crashed into a strategic airfield in the city of Lviv yesterday as Putin pushed his war west.

The warheads, weighing a combined 1,600kg and fired from more than 400 miles away, represented the first attack on the historic city.

It had been considered a relatively safe haven for diplomats, aid workers, refugees and journalists.

Britain鈥檚 Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said the attack showed Russia was now widening its bloody attack on Ukraine.

Air-raid sirens sounded in Lviv shortly after 6 a.m. as Kh-555 cruise missiles homed in on Russian bombers over the Black Sea.

Two were shot down by air defense systems, but four crashed into two aircraft and bus repair plants less than four miles from the city center.

A fierce fire broke out and fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the scene. But a huge loss of life was averted because the staff had left minutes earlier. Surprisingly, only one person was injured.

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