Beware of aggressive rhetoric, warns Putin
“It simply came to our notice then. This unique weapon will strengthen the combat potential of our armed forces and make those who are trying to threaten our country in the heat of aggressive rhetoric think, “said Putin, according to TASS.
Putin announces that Russia has for the first time test-fired its newest land-based ICBM, the Sarmat, from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. (as if things weren’t peachy enough already) pic.twitter.com/1wQNqMr8kR
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According to him, the new complex has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is able to overcome all modern means of missile defense. It belongs to the new generation of Russian strategic weapons, the development of which Putin announced on the eve of the 2018 presidential election.
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The Sarmat is a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile that Russia should deploy with ten or more warheads on each missile, according to the US Congressional Research Service. The missile is capable of transporting warheads, including nuclear warheads, to any place on Earth, both through the North and South Poles, TASS noted.
“The start goals have been met to the fullest,” the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
Rocket for the end of the world
The heavy intercontinental rocket Sarmat, which is on liquid fuel and is fired from underground forces, was described by the Armadninoviny.cz server as a “Russian super rocket for the end of the world”. Its task is to inflict the heaviest possible losses on the enemy, and thus break his determination to continue the fight, writes iRozhlas.
Russia tests nuclear-capable missile that Putin says has no peer https://t.co/flY36jCck6 pic.twitter.com/cUMVltYC3e
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Russia is said to have notified the United States of America of the fear-provoking testing of Sarmat, which confirmed this information and added that it considered the test to be routine and posed no threat.
The test of the new ballistic intercontinental missile comes at a time when Russian forces have substantially intensified their attack on the determined Ukrainian defenders who are hiding in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
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The Ukrainian military said Moscow was continuing its attacks throughout the east of the country and was deliberately targeting weaknesses in Ukraine’s defense lines. Russia has announced that it has carried out hundreds of rocket and air strikes on Ukrainian targets in recent days.
The declared goal of the Kremlin is to take control of Donbas, a predominantly Russian-speaking eastern region with coal mines, metal factories and heavy equipment factories important to the Ukrainian economy.
By tearing it apart, Russian President Putin would gain a much-needed, symbolic victory after two months of war.
Sarmat is a three-stage ballistic missile for liquid propellants. It has a length of 35.3 m, a diameter of 3 m and a weight of 208 tons. It can carry up to 10 tons of cargo for a distance of up to 18,000 km. It can transport 10-16 independently guided MIRV nuclear warheads to the target, or their combination with deceptive targets. The rocket is powered by four modified RD-274 liquid fuel engines, burning a mixture of asymmetric dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) and nitrogen tetraoxide (N2O4) oxidizer.