The recent escalation between Ukraine and Russia has been sparked by Ukraine’s announcement that it has successfully tested a “state-of-the-art” anti-ballistic missile system. The system is intended to defend against Russian-made ballistic missiles, and is seen as a direct challenge to Russia’s military superiority in the region.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said the test was a “major success” and that it showed Kiev’s determination to defend its sovereignty from Russian aggression. The system is designed to shoot down intermediate-range missiles, and the test was conducted against a missile similar to the ones used by Russia in the 2014 conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Russia has not commented on the test, but some Russian officials have expressed embarrassment over the incident. The test is seen as further evidence of Moscow’s inability to maintain its military superiority in the region, and has raised questions about the effectiveness of Russia’s own anti-ballistic missile systems.