Biden confirms Russia's use of hypersonic missiles against Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden on March 21 confirmed that Russia has used hypersonic missiles in its war against Ukraine, U.S. television news station CNN has reported.
During a quarterly Business Roundtable meeting with top U.S. CEOs, Biden said that it was "almost impossible" to stop such a missile. “There’s a reason they’re using it,” the U.S. leader added.
According to Biden, "Russian President Putin’s back against the wall."
“He wasn't anticipating the extent or strength of our unity, and the more his back is against the wall, the greater severity of the tactics he may employ,” the U.S. president said.
Biden said Washington has spent $2 billion to strengthen NATO and has provided significant military resources to Ukraine that are "wreaking havoc on the Russian military, whether it's their tanks or their helicopters or their aircraft."
“The idea that (the Ukrainians) don't have enough sophisticated equipment is just simply not accurate,” Biden said.
In recent weeks, the U.S. president has repeatedly warned that Russia could resort to the use of chemical weapons in Ukraine.
“Whenever he starts talking about something he thinks NATO, Ukraine or the United States is about to do, it means he's getting ready to do it. Not a joke,” Biden said.
The Russian Federation announced it had used hypersonic missiles during the war against Ukraine on March 19. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the Russian military had used Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to destroy an underground military depot in western Ukraine.
On the same day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia had attacked an underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition of Ukrainian troops in the village of Delyatyn in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.
According to Russian media, the Kinzhal is a hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile that is capable of hitting targets at a distance of more than 2,000 kilometers.
It is almost guaranteed to evade all existing air and missile defense systems, as well as those in development, the Russians claim.
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