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Defense Sec Austin downplays Russia’s use of hypersonic missiles: Not a ‘game changer’


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Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday downplayed Russia’s claims that it utilized nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles on Ukrainian targets, saying it is not a “sport changer” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Showing up on CBS News’ “Confront the Nation,” Austin responded to Russia’s claims Saturday that it used a hypersonic missile to strike a munitions warehouse in western Ukraine.

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Austin explained he’s could not ensure irrespective of whether Russia’s statements were being correct, but stated it could sign Russian President Vladimir Putin’s growing desperation over his botched invasion.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a news conference following a NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 17, 2022.

U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a news convention following a NATO Defence Ministers assembly in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 17, 2022.
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“I would not see it as a recreation changer,” Austin explained. “I feel, yet again, the reason that he’s resorting to using these styles of weapons is mainly because he’s attempting to reestablish momentum. We’ve observed him attack towns and towns and civilians outright, and we hope to see that go on. But I really don’t think that this in and of by itself will be a sport changer. 

“You variety of problem why he would be carrying out this – is he functioning low on precision guided munitions? Does he deficiency comprehensive self esteem in the ability of his troops to reestablish momentum?” he continued. “But I really do not see this in and of itself as a recreation changer. I cannot affirm or dispute irrespective of whether or not he’s applied those weapons.”

Russia said the hypersonic missile, carried by a MiG-31K warplane, is able to journey at 10 occasions the pace of seem with a vary of approximately 1,250 miles.

Russia qualified Rebekah Koffler, nevertheless, told WHD News Electronic that the missile is able of carrying nuclear arsenals and that even the recommendation of launching such a weapon is considerable. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a conference of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia.
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“It is a video game-changer in the geopolitical realm, not not like in the military realm, mainly because they are attempting to [send a] strategic information,” she explained. “In my evaluation, [Putin] is climbing modest techniques in the escalation ladder on the trajectory to nuclear warfare.”

WHD News’ Caitlin McFall contributed reporting.

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