Putin observes nuclear-capable missile test in Russian-annexed Crimea

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday observed the test-launch of nuclear-capable Kinzhal and Kalibr missiles in the Russian-annexed Crimea region, the state media reports.

Russia has been keen to demonstrate its defense of Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula geographically connected to mainland Ukraine since the 2014 annexation evoked broad international outcry.

Russian state news agency TASS reported that two MiG-31K warplanes practiced target-firing the Kinzhal ballistic missile.

TASS also reported that several naval vessels including the Admiral Grigorovich frigate and the Kolpino submarine practiced launching the Kalibr cruise missile.