Russian Airstrikes in Idlib; Hypersonic Missiles on a Corvette; North Korea Fired Two Missiles
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 1 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russian airstrikes kill 5 civilians in Idlib, Syria
At least five civilians, including two children, were killed in Russian airstrikes in the Idlib de-escalation zone of Syria on Thursday, according to the Syrian civil defense agency, Anadolu reports.
Mustafa Haj Yousuf, head of the White Helmets in the northwestern Idlib province, said three civilians, including two children, were killed in Qafrnabil town and one in Fattira and Has villages each.
Meanwhile, Assad regime forces and Russian warplanes target opposition frontlines and residential areas that fall within the de-escalation zone.
In 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
The de-escalation zone is currently home to some 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces from throughout the war-weary country.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.
Corvette Gremyashchiy to carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, says Putin
The corvette Gremyashchiy will be equipped with cutting-edge hypersonic anti-ship missiles Tsirkon, President Vladimir Putin said as he toured the vessel in Russia’s northwestern city of Kaliningrad on Thursday.
Getting on board the corvette, the president examined it, as well as familiarized himself with the weapons systems and equipment. The corvette’s commander, Captain 2nd Rank Roman Dovgailov drew attention of the president to the bow section, where the launch containers for Kalibr missiles are located, saying that Tsirkon missiles could be placed there in the future.
“It will certainly have Tsirkon,” the president replied, addressing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The minister smiled and nodded. Then, the president wished the commander happy sailing and successful state trials.
The work on the advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missile capable of developing a speed of up to Mach 9 is proceeding smoothly and will be completed on time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Address to the Federal Assembly in February.
As the Russian leader reported, this missile is capable of developing a flight speed of about Mach 9 and its range capability may reach over 1,000 km. The missile can hit both naval and ground targets, he added.
North Korea launches two suspected missiles after warnings to Washington
North Korea fired two suspected missiles into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan on Thursday, according to military officials in Japan and South Korea, ending nearly a month-long lull in testing after denuclearisation talks stalled.
The launches, which Japanese authorities identified as likely ballistic missiles, were the first since one day of talks between the United States and North Korea ended without an agreement on Oct. 5 in Sweden.
American officials have played down previous missile launches this year, saying they were short-range weapons.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has set an end-of-the-year deadline for denuclearisation talks with Washington, however, and in a statement on Sunday North Korea said it would be a mistake for the United States to ignore that deadline.
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Source: TASS, Reuters, MEMO