Tue 21 June 2022:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that his country’s armed forces will be strengthened and modernized, including the deployment of its recently tested Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) by the end of 2022.
Putin made the remarks during a televised meeting with graduates of Russia’s military academies on Tuesday, amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“It is planned that by the end of the year, the first such complex will be on combat duty,” Putin told the graduates, referring to the Russian-developed ICBMs that are capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads and decoys.
The deployment will come as part of a larger build-up of Russia’s military, Putin said, adding that troops have already begun to receive S-500 air defence and missile defence systems “that have no match in the world”.
“We will continue to develop and strengthen our armed forces, taking into account potential military threats and risks,” said Putin, who praised Russian forces fighting in Ukraine as acting “with courage, professionalism, like real heroes”.
Moscow has dubbed the invasion a “special military operation” meant to “liberate” Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
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