Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

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A Russian warship armed with advanced hypersonic missiles has conducted exercises in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of joint naval exercises with the navies of China and South Africa next month, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

In a video released by the ministry, ship commander Igor Krokhmal showed the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov, armed with hypersonic Zircon missiles, practicing “missile strikes against enemy surface targets.”

The exercise, described by state news agency TASS as an “electronic launch” or virtual simulation, confirmed the “design features” of the missile system, Krohmal said, noting the missiles’ ability to reach a range of more than 900 kilometers (559 miles).

The test was part of a long trip by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, launched earlier this month, when Russian state media reported that the warship was launched with hypersonic missiles. According to Moscow and Pretoria, the deployment will also include joint exercises with the Chinese and South African navies off the coast of South Africa.

The drills come close to the one-year anniversary of Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine, marking an opportunity for a show of force and joint drills to show Moscow that it is not isolated on the world stage despite its widespread international presence. accusation. about his war without a cause.

The White House said on Monday that the US is “concerned with any country that Russia is conducting exercises with Russia while it is waging a brutal war against Ukraine.”

At a joint meeting in Pretoria on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor, defended the naval exercises, with Lavrov saying Moscow did not want “scandals” over the exercises.

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