Russia’s war in Ukraine is closing in on the one-month mark, and the prediction by a number of experts that Vladimir Putin will ultimately resort to using high-powered weapons of war to make up for his lack of progress seems to be coming to fruition.
According to The Daily Wire, new reports have emerged that suggest Putin has already deployed the use of hypersonic missile technology against Ukrainian targets. Notably, it’s the first known use of such advanced technology in the history of war.
Senior US official confirms Russia did fire more than one hypersonic missile Saturday based on speeds observed but US officials do not view this as an escalation toward possible use of nuclear weapons. Perhaps could be indication Putin is running out of precision guided missiles.
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) March 20, 2022
Hypersonic missiles not only move significantly faster than conventional cruise missiles, but they’re also able to maneuver during their flight path, making them incredibly difficult to shoot down. They also fly at a lower trajectory than regular missiles.
What did they hit?
It appears as if Putin deployed the advanced technology in order to target a “site storing missiles and aviation ammunition in the village of Delyatyn, outside the city of Ivano-Frankivsk,” a report from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.
It added: “The Kinzhal, which can carry conventional or nuclear warheads, flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound, or more than 2 miles per second, President Vladimir Putin said when he announced the system in an annual state-of-the-nation address in 2018.”
China was the last country to make headlines with regard to hypersonic missile tech, which at the time was significant as U.S. officials would later say that such technology trumped even America’s best missile technology.
Russia and China are the only countries with hypersonic dagger missiles..
We don’t have any, cause the DoD was too busy promoting CRT and equity.
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) March 19, 2022
It gets worse
With the civilian death toll in Ukraine rapidly rising as a result of Putin’s cowardly strikes, Bloomberg reported that Russia, in the wake of deploying the hypersonic missiles, is turning to “more destructive artillery” in its continued shelling of various Ukrainian cities and towns.
Even amid the continued onslaught, Ukrainian military morale remains somewhat high, especially as its set to receive a fresh shipment of advanced U.S. weaponry in the coming days, including anti-tank Javelin systems and Stinger anti-air systems.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continued his calls to negotiate directly with Putin with the hopes of coming to some agreement at least on the refugee and evacuation front.
“I am ready for negotiations with him,” he told a CNN reporter. “We have to use any format, any chance, in order to have the possibility of negotiating, the possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail that would mean that this is a Third World War.”