U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday that Russia had used hypersonic missiles against Ukraine and warned that Moscow might be planning to use chemical and biological agents in the conflict.
The president made the remarks in an address to American business leaders in Washington, D.C., the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
“His [Putin’s] back is against the wall. They are also suggesting that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. That’s a clear sign he’s considering using both,” Biden said.
“They’re wreaking havoc on on the, on the Russian military, whether it’s their tanks or their helicopters or their aircraft.
“And if you notice, they’ve just launched their hypersonic missile, because it’s the only thing that they can get through without absolute certainty,” he continued.
“It’s, as you all know, it’s a consequential weapon, but with the same warhead on it as any other launched missile – it doesn’t make that much difference except it’s almost impossible to stop it. There’s a reason they’re using it.”
Hypersonic missiles are next-generation weapons which travel at over Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound. That translates to 3,836 miles per hour or above.
The missiles also have the ability to quickly change their trajectory mid-flight, making them virtually “impossible to intercept,” CNBC reported.
The missile has a range of 1,200 miles and can travel at Mach 10.
On Friday, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced it had launched a “Kinzhal” hypersonic missile to take out an underground warehouse in Ukraine which stored missiles and other munitions.
On Twitter, it posted video it claimed was from the strike.
💥 Уничтожение склада с вооружением ВСУ ударом высокоточного ракетного вооружения
◽️ На видео объективного контроля зафиксировано точное попадание ракеты в подземный ангар с вооружением и боеприпасами. pic.twitter.com/BxKGWHTB9V
— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) March 19, 2022
The next day, they said Kinzhal missiles had hit a storage facility for fuel and lubricants.
In a statement on social media platform Telegram, the Defense Ministry called it “the main base for supply Ukrainian armored vehicles with fuel in combat areas in the south of Ukraine.”
The ministry claimed this was the first time the missiles had been used in Ukraine. The Pentagon still wouldn’t confirm the claim, however, despite the president’s confidence a hypersonic missile had been used.