By Chisomo Phiri

MOSCOW-(MaraviPost)-Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to launch the new Satan II nuclear missile, as the Ukraine war now drags on for four months.

Putin, revealed his plans this week while hosting military academy graduates at a lavish ceremony in Kremlin.

He said Russia would continue to boost its military capabilities to fill the gaps suffered by its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“We will continue to develop and strengthen our armed forces, taking into account potential military threats and risks,” said Putin.

Putin added that as part of the efforts to make Russia even stronger, the country would place the first batch of Sarmat, the newly tested intercontinental ballistic missile on combat duty before the end of the year.

The missile, which is also known as Satan II, has a range of 18,000 kilometers (11,000 miles) and can deliver between 10 to 15 nuclear warheads at a hypersonic speed.

It is capable of reaching Britain in three minutes and can bypass most radar and missile defense systems.

Earlier this year, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev, the commander of Russia’s strategic missile forces, also told the Russian state TV that there is no existing air defense for the Sarmat missile systems which will probably not exist in the coming decades.

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