Zelenskyy ruthlessly mocks Putin over Russia’s ridiculous ‘laser weapon’ claims

Volodymyr Zelenskyy mocked Vladimir Putin after Russia claimed it was using a new laser weapon which can destroy drones and blind satellites.

The Ukrainian President laughed away the suggestions regarding the new Peresvet weapon system, comparing Russia's claims to similar ones made by the Nazis during World War Two.

Earlier this week Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said the new weapon had been successfully tested, having destroyed a drone from 3 miles away.

He added that it could disable satellites which are up to 932miles (1,500km) high.

Zelenskyy rubbished these claims in a video address last night, reports the Mirror.

He said: "The clearer it became that they had no chance in the war, the more propaganda there was about an amazing weapon that would be so powerful as to ensure a turning point.

"And so we see that in the third month of a full-scale war, Russia is trying to find its 'wonder weapon' … this all clearly shows the complete failure of the mission."

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The Nazis similarly unveiled so-called wonder weapons towards the end of World War Two when they were nearing defeat.

Russia's new Peresvet laser weapon system has been named after Russian Orthodox monk Alexander Peresvet, who died in single combat at the start of the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380.

Borisov, who Putin has put in charge of Russian military development, claimed on Wednesday (May 18): "It is already being mass-supplied to the troops.

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"It can blind all satellite reconnaissance systems of a likely enemy in orbits of up to 1,500 km, disabling them during flight due to the use of laser radiation.

"But that, let's say, is of today, or even in some ways of yesterday: our physicists have now created, and practically mass-produced, laser systems which are more powerful by an order of magnitude that can inflict thermal destruction on various apparatus.

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"Today, so called weapons systems based on new physical principles are on the way.

"This is primarily a laser weapon, an electromagnetic wideband weapon that will replace [conventional weapons] in the next decade – this is not some sort of exotic idea; it is the reality."

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