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Russia reportedly conducts supersonic cruise missile test in Black Sea

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The Russian navy has reportedly launched a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile in the Black Sea during an exercise coinciding with the first visit by a Legend-class US Coast Guard patrol cutter in 13 years.

The test-firing of the Vulkan missile comes shortly before the arrival of two Royal Navy warships amid mounting tensions in Ukraine over fears of a possible Russian invasion.

Russian authorities said the cruiser Moskva “fired the Vulkan missile from the vessel’s main Basalt missile system for the first time in modern history,” according to East2West News.

Another image of the missile test.
Another image of the missile test.
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Naval sources told the outlet that a surface target was hit at a distance of 19 miles.

The Russian Navy frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov testing a Kalibr-NK cruise missile.
The Russian naval frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov testing a Kalibr-NK cruise missile.
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The US condemned Russian authorities for sealing off a large area of the sea with 20 ships and blocking foreign vessels during the launch, according to the report.

Russian President Vladimir Putin  seen attending a meeting in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in Moscow.
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Footage of the drill by the flagship of the Black Sea fleet was released by the Defense Ministry in a show of success — in contrast to a botched launch when a Kalibr missile misfired and almost hit the Marshal Shaposhnikov destroyer in the Sea of Japan.

The Moskva missile cruiser firing for the first time with the Vulcan cruise missile in the Black Sea.
The Moskva missile cruiser firing for the first time with the Vulcan cruise missile in the Black Sea.
Black Sea Fleet

Earlier this week, the US Coast Guard cutter Hamilton entered the Black Sea.

The Moskva missile cruiser testing a missle.
The Moskva missile cruiser testing a missile.
Black Sea Fleet

“The Black Sea Fleet’s Moskva missile cruiser for the first time in recent history fired the Vulkan missile with the ship’s Bazalt main missile system in the waters of the Black Sea,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a tweet.

An image captured in the Black Sea of the Russian missile test.
An image captured in the Black Sea of the Russian missile test.
Black Sea Fleet

“These missiles are the reason why our cruiser is called ‘aircraft carrier-killer,’” a Zvezda correspondent said from the deck during the launch, the Moscow Times reported.

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