“Invincible”, “Undetectable”… Vladimir Putin sang the praises this weekend of a new ballistic missile regime dubbed “Avangard”, which Moscow announced would be deployed in the Orenburg region near Kazakhstan. “It flies like a meteorite, a ball of fire”, rejoiced the Russian president, who has been threatening for several months to use it in Ukraine. Unveiled four years ago by Vladimir Putin, the Avangard had been compared by the master of the Kremlin to the creation of the first artificial satellite of the Earth, the famous Sputnik.
Fears of a use of this weapon date back to June 5. The commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation, Sergei Karakayev, had indeed explained to Zvezda TV, a channel of the Russian Ministry of the Armed Forces, that a second regiment would be equipped with Avangard ballistic missiles. According to these comments, then taken up by the state agency Tass, he was about to be operational and placed on combat alert.