Russia uses new laser weapons in Ukraine, Zelensky mocks 'wonder weapon'
LONDON, May 19 ― Russia yesterday said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow's secret weapons to counter a...
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Thursday, 19 May 2022 8:20 AM MYT LONDON, May 19 ― Russia yesterday said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow's secret weapons to counter a flood of Western arms.Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018 unveiled an intercontinental ballistic missile, underwater nuclear drones, a supersonic weapon and a laser weapon.The applications came after more than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of resistance, bringing an end to the most devastating siege of Russia’s war in Ukraine.Little is known about the specifics of the new laser.Indian Oil Corp, the country's top refiner, bought its first-ever Russian Arco oil cargo last month.Putin mentioned one called Peresvet, named after a medieval Orthodox warrior monk Alexander Peresvet who perished in mortal combat.It also brings about an expansion of the Western alliance that Russian President Vladimir Putin had long invoked as one of the main justifications for ordering his “special military operation” in Ukraine in February.Yury Borisov, the deputy prime minister in charge of military development, told a conference in Moscow that Peresvet was already being widely deployed and it could blind satellites up to 1,500 km above Earth.Seven buses carrying Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal garrison arrived at a newly reopened prison in the Russian-controlled town of Olenivka near Donetsk, a Reuters witness said.
He said there were already more powerful systems than Peresvet that could burn up drones and other equipment.Ratification of all 30 allied parliaments could take up to a year, diplomats say.Indians had bought stranded Russian oil while some European buyers had bought higher volumes of African and U.Borisov cited a test on Tuesday which he said had burned up a drone 5 km away within five seconds.“If Peresvet blinds, then the new generation of laser weapons lead to the physical destruction of the target ― thermal destruction, they burn up,” he told Russian state television.Ankara has said it wants the Nordic countries to halt support for Kurdish militant groups present on their territory and lift bans on some sales of arms to Turkey.Asked if such weapons were being used in Ukraine, Borisov said: “Yes.The share of African oil in India's overall oil imports declined to about 6% in April from 14.The first prototypes are already being used there.After weeks in which Russia threatened retaliation against the Nato plans, Putin appeared to abruptly climb down, saying in a speech on Monday that Russia had “no problems” with either Finland or Sweden, and that their Nato membership would not be an issue unless the alliance sent more troops or weapons there.What will happen to the fighters was unclear.
” He said the weapon was called “Zadira”.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mockingly compared news of the lasers to the so-called wonder weapons that Nazi Germany unveiled in a bid to prevent defeat in World War Two.While both sides spoke of a deal under which all Ukrainian troops would abandon the steelworks, many details were not yet public, including how many fighters still remained inside, and whether any form of prisoner swap had been agreed.almost halved to 3%.“The clearer it became that they had no chance in the war, the more propaganda there was about an amazing weapon that would be so powerful as to ensure a turning point,” he said in a late night video address.“And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is trying to find its 'wonder weapon'.Five arrived in the Russian-held town of Novoazovsk, where Moscow said wounded fighters would be treated..India's oil imports from Russia are set to rise further to about 487,500 bpd in May, since refiners have ramped up purchases from Russia, preliminary data from Refinitiv flows show.Negotiators last convened in-person in late March, and there has been little communication between them in recent weeks.
.Russia said at least 256 Ukrainian fighters had “laid down their arms and surrendered”, including 51 severely wounded.this all clearly shows the complete failure of the mission.” Almost nothing is publicly known about Zadira but in 2017 Russian media said state nuclear corporation Rosatom helped develop it as part of a programme to create weapons-based new physical principles.Russian defence ministry video showed fighters leaving the plant, some carried on stretchers, others with hands up to be searched by Russian troops.7 million bpd of oil, up 6.The invasion of Ukraine has illustrated the limits of Russia's post-Soviet conventional armed forces, though Putin says the “special military operation” is going to plan.Borisov's remarks indicate Russia has made significant progress with laser weapons, a trend of considerable interest to other nuclear powers such as the United States and China.The Kremlin said Putin had personally guaranteed the prisoners would be treated according to international standards, and Ukrainian officials said they could be exchanged for Russian captives.Russia said at least 256 Ukrainian fighters had “laid down their arms and surrendered”, including 51 severely wounded.
Using lasers to blind satellites was once a fantasy from the realm of science fiction, but the United States, China and Russia have been working on variants of such weapons for years.India's oil imports in April were high as refiners raised runs to meet local demand and gain from robust refining margins, Haq said.Besides the benefit of burning up drones, blinding reconnaissance systems has a strategic impact too as satellites are used to monitor intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying nuclear weapons.Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said there had been no deal, tweeting: “I didn’t know English has so many ways to express a single message: the #Azovnazis have unconditionally surrendered.Borisov said he had just returned from Sarov, which is a centre of Russia's nuclear weapons research.He said a new generation of laser weapons using a wide electromagnetic band would ultimately replace conventional weapons.Fighters of the Azov Regiment are lionised as heroes in Ukraine, but reviled by the Kremlin as a band of Russia-hating neo-Nazis.Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.“This is not some sort of exotic idea; it is the reality,” Borisov said.Ukraine’s military said units in Azovstal had completed their combat mission.
― Reuters Advertisement.Leonid Slutsky, one of Russia’s negotiators in talks with Ukraine, called the evacuated combatants “animals in human form” and said they should be executed.
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