Vladimir Putin sent a frigate off to the Atlantic Ocean armed with hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles on Thursday.
In a video conference with defence minister Sergei Shoigu and Igor Krokhmal, commander of the frigate, Mr Putin said the ship was armed with Zircon hypersonic weapons.
Russia, China and the US are racing against each other to develop hypersonic weapons, which, it’s believed, will give the edge against an opponent due to their speeds and manoeuvrability.
In a statement, the MoD said: “The Russian military has a record of unsafe ammunition storage from well before the current war, but this incident highlights how unprofessional practices contribute to Russia’s high casualty rate.”
Moscow has increased the death toll of a Ukrainian missile strike on Russian-controlled Makiivka, in Donetsk from 63 sevicemen to 89 in the New Year’s Eve strike — deadliest single incident Moscow has acknowledged since the start of the war.
- Putin sends off frigate armed with missiles
- MoD says Russia’s ‘unprofessional’ tactics behind high number of deaths
- Russian politicians line up to call for punishment over troop deaths
- Ukraine charges Russian commanders over civilian attacks
- Ukraine air force claims to have shot down 500 drones
Zelensky demands Western tanks: ‘No rational reason’ not to send
05:54 , Arpan Rai
Volodymyr Zelensky has asked Ukraine’s allies for heavier weapons to fight against Russian forces as the US and France prepared to deliver it medium combat vehicles and tanks.
Kyiv has long raised calls for heavier weaponry and tanks to repel Russian attacks in the conflict.
“This is something that sends a clear signal to all our partners. There is no rational reason why Ukraine has not yet been supplied with Western tanks,” he said.
Mr Zelensky added: “Each of our partners will have very specific information about our defence needs. And we all have the same goal: to put an end to Russian aggression as soon as possible, to restore reliable and lasting peace.”
Despite its plans to send Bradley fighting vehicles, Washington’s latest tranch of aid will fall short of sending the Abrams tanks that Ukraine has sought along with German-made Leopard tanks.
Serbian president rejects calls for sanctions against Russia
05:06 , Eleanor Sly
Serbia’s president said Wednesday that the European Union‘s calls for his country to join sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine represent “a brutal” interference in the internal affairs of the Balkan state, which has asked to join the EU.
In his wide-ranging year-end address to the nation, Aleksandar Vucic praised his and his country’s economic and political achievements, comparing himself to a wolf who cannot be tamed under international pressure.
“Thank you very much for meddling in our internal affairs in such a brutal way,” he said, referring to the Western appeals.