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What is known about the Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missiles

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About three weeks after the start of the Ukraine war, the Russian military said it used a hypersonic missile in the west of the country; this is probably the first time this newly developed weapon has been used.

According to information from Moscow on Saturday, the Kinzhal rocket (kinzhal means dagger) destroyed an underground weapons depot in a village the day before.

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The Russian Defense Ministry said the destroyed cache of missiles and ammunition was located in the village of Delyatyn, about 100 kilometers from the border with NATO member Romania. According to Russian information, Kinzhal missiles can evade all air defense systems and the Russian side has never announced their use in a conflict zone.

Two military reconnaissance bases in the Odessa region on the Black Sea were also destroyed. Information could not be verified.


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