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Russia’s hypersonic missile was used to ‘distract’ from a halted operation, according to the UK Ministry of Defence

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            According to the UK Ministry of Defence, Russia’s claimed deployment of its hypersonic missile is likely meant to “detract from a lack of success” in its ground operation.

Russia has claimed to have fired hypersonic missiles against targets in Western Ukraine for the first time in battle in recent days.

Russian officials believe the Kinzhal missile can reach targets up to 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) distant at speeds exceeding 6,000 kilometres per hour.

The UK Ministry of Defence, on the other hand, believes that the missiles are unlikely to “materially alter the result” of Russia’s operations in Ukraine.

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