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For second day in a row, Russia claims use of hypersonic missiles in Ukraine

Russian Defense Ministry says new Kinzhal weapon, which flies 10 times faster than sound, hit fuel depot in Mykolaiv region; says over 100 Ukraine troops killed in separate attack

This photo taken from video provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Feb. 19, 2022, shows a MiG-31K fighter of the Russian air force dropping a Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missile during a military drills. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
This photo taken from video provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Feb. 19, 2022, shows a MiG-31K fighter of the Russian air force dropping a Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missile during a military drills. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

MOSCOW. Russia — Russia said Sunday it has again fired its newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, destroying a fuel storage site in the country’s south.

The Russian defense ministry also said it killed more than 100 members of Ukrainian special forces and “foreign mercenaries” when it targeted a training center in the town of Ovruch in northern Ukraine with sea-based missiles.

“Kinzhal aviation missile systems with hypersonic ballistic missiles destroyed a large storage site for fuels and lubricants of the Ukrainian armed forces near the settlement of Kostyantynivka in the Mykolaiv region,” the defense ministry said.

The ministry said the base had been used for the main supplies of fuel for Ukrainian armored vehicles in the country’s south.

The strike marked the second day in a row that Russia used the Kinzhal, a weapon capable of striking targets 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away at a speed 10 times the speed of sound.

The Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missiles were fired from airspace over Russian-controlled Crimea, the ministry said, adding that Kalibr cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea had also targeted the depot.

This file photo taken on May 9, 2018 shows Russia’s MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jets carrying hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles flying over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow (AFP)

On Saturday, Russia said it had used the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to destroy an underground missile and ammunition storage site in western Ukraine close to the border with NATO member Romania.

The Ukrainian armed forces confirmed to AFP on Saturday that the depot had been targeted but said they had “no information of the type of missile.”

Russian analysts said the use Friday of the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Deliatyn, a village in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, was the first combat use of such weapons in the world.

The Russian defense ministry said that it also used long-range precision weapons against other facilities in Ukraine on Saturday evening and early Sunday.

Russian forces fired the Kalibr missiles from the Black Sea to target a plant in the northern city of Nizhyn used to repair armored vehicles, the ministry said.

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