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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Navy Day Parade on July, 31 2022, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Planned Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russian-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters there, injuring five people.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the Russian Navy would soon be armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles.

“We will provide protection firmly and by all means,” Putin said in a speech Sunday to mark Russia’s “Navy Day,” saying that “the key thing here is the capability of the Russian Navy.”

He said its combat readiness was “constantly improving,” adding that the latest Zircon hypersonic missile systems, “which have no countertypes in the world and no barriers,” would be added to the navy’s arsenal.

“Dear comrades, their delivery to the Russian armed forces will begin in the coming months,” Putin remarked in a speech in St. Petersburg. Zircon missiles, intended for use by the Russian navy against enemy ships and ground targets, can purportedly fly at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of just over 600 miles.

Putin said the area of their deployment would depend on Russian interests. He did not mention Ukraine in his speech.

Planned Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol in Russian-annexed Crimea were canceled on Sunday after officials accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters there, injuring five people.

“An unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the fleet’s headquarters,” wrote Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol — which is where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is stationed — on the Telegram messaging app.

“According to preliminary information, it is a drone.”

Ukraine has not officially commented on the explosion amid reports that it could have been a homemade device made by Ukrainian insurgents in the city.

— Holly Ellyatt

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