‘Now you will listen’: Putin claims new nuclear weapons can bypass any missile defense system

Putin’s annual address to the Federal Assembly, which includes both houses of Russia’s parliament, was marked by not only rhetorical flourishes, but also eye-catching visuals. As he stood at the podium, animated videos and graphics were projected onto the large screen behind him, aiming to illustrate the might of the new weapons, which he said included the nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed cruise missile, an underwater drone and a hypersonic missile.

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