Russia uses hypersonic missiles to destroy Ukrainian military fuel depot

Russia uses hypersonic missiles to destroy Ukrainian military fuel depot

FILE - In this photo taken from video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is launched by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Russian navy from the White Sea, in the north of Russia, Russia, July 19, 2021. Russian President Vladimir Putin has noted that the new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile could give Russia a previously unseen precision strike potential if fitted to warships deployed to neutral waters. The launch of a salvo of Zircons in late December heralded the completion of tests for the new weapon, which Putin said flies at nine times the speed of sound to a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (over 620 miles). (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

Russia announced on Sunday that its Armed Forces used hypersonic missiles during its military operation in Ukraine.

During his briefing, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, said that the Kalibr and Kinzhal hypersonic missiles had been fired at targets in Ukraine.

He affirmed that the missiles targeted and destroying a large warehouse for storing fuel and lubricants belonging to the Ukrainian army in the vicinity of the town of Kostyantynivka in Mykolaiv Province in southern Ukraine.

Konashenkov stated that the depot was used to organise the main fuel supply to Ukrainian armoured vehicles in the combat zones in the south of the country.

The Russian Armed Forces earlier this week announced the first operational use of the Kinzhal missile in active military duty, targeting an arms storage unit in Deliatyn. The Kinzhal is a state-of-the-art hypersonic ballistic air-to-surface missile with an operational range of over 2,000 km, which is reportedly nearly non-interceptable by existing air defence systems.