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Russia sends 3 hypersonic missile-equipped jets to Kaliningrad exclave

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Three fighter jets equipped with hypersonic missiles have been moved by the Russian military to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad as part of ‘strategic deterrence measures,’ Russian state media reported on Thursday. 

The Russian Defense Ministry told TASS that the aircraft would be on ‘round-the-clock combat duty.’

‘Today, August 18, 2022, as part of the implementation of additional strategic deterrence measures, three MiG-31 aircraft with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were relocated to the Chkalovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region,’ the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to RIA.

Tensions have risen over the Kaliningrad region, which is geographically separate from Russia, and neighboring Lithuania. The exclave relies on railways and roads through Lithuania for many goods, and sanctions on the isolated coastal territory have been leveled since Russia invaded Ukraine. Kaliningrad has largely been relegated to maritime traffic for its goods…”

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