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RUSSIA’S new weapon dubbed “Star Warrior” has the West worried as it can blast satellites out of orbit at heights of up to 500 miles above Earth.

Vladimir Putin’s state owned TV issued a chilling threat that Russia may deploy the system to destroy some 32 Western satellites to render Nato missiles useless.

It comes after Putin used the weapon to destroy a redundant Soviet-era Tselina-D military reconnaissance satellite – blasting it into an orbital debris storm.

Intelligence sources in the West and Russia believe the hunk of space junk was annihilated by the new satellite killer missile system.

The weapon has been dubbed the “Star Warrior” by state Russian media and is the next step in an orbital arms race.

Putin tested the missiles nine times between 2014 and 2020 before it was deployed to destroy an actual satellite on November 15, according to Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategy and Technologies.

State-controlled Russian Channel One TV host Dmitry Kiselyov – dubbed Putin’s “mouthpiece” and “propagandist-in-chief” – has claimed the satellite strike was a deliberate warning to the West not to cross the Kremlin’s red lines on Ukraine.

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He boasted in the event of worsening relations, Russia could wipe out 32 GPS satellites crucial for Nato’s military operations, including the pinpointing of missile strikes.

Russia Threatens To Destroy 32 Nato Satellites To Cripple Missile Systems

“We shot down the old Soviet Tselina-D satellite in space orbit,” said Kiselyov.

“That was the completion of tests of Russia’s anti-satellite system, the accuracy of which (Defence Minister) Sergei Shoigu called jewellery-like.

“It means that if Nato crosses our red line, it risks losing all 32 of its GPS satellites at once.”

This would “blind all their missiles, planes and ships, not to mention the ground forces.”

The warning comes as relations continue to worsen between Russia and the West amid fears that Putin may be about to invade Ukraine.

Putin’s “Star Warrior” missile system is believed to fire 14TS033 two-stage interceptor missiles which on the final version will be able to be armed with a nuclear or kinetic warhead.

The A-235 missile system is both an anti-satellite system, and an anti-ballistic missile system – with its predecessor currently guarding Moscow.

It uses the ominous-looking and pyramid-esque Don-2N radar to detect incoming threats and blast them out the sky – which can also detect threats in space.

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The radar – known to Nato as the Pill Box – is currently used by Russia’s A-135 missile defences and will be used with its successor, A-235.

The centrepiece of the radar is a supercomputer called Elbrus-2.

Once threats are detected, the 14TS033 missiles can reportedly accelerate to speeds of up to Mach 12 – some 15,000mph.

And they are believed to be able to hit targets some 500 miles over the Earth, with the ISS orbiting at heights of around 250 miles.

Crew aboard the space station were actually forced to seek shelter during the widely condemned missile test last week.

Russia deputy prime minister Yuri Borisov previously bragged that the Star Warrior weapons system has no counterpart in the West.

It comes as the world enters a chilling new phase of a military driven space race – with Russia, China and the US all experimenting with orbital weapons.

Videos show footage of tests suspected of involving the new technology which last week was launched from Plesetsk military cosmodrome.

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One showed a test launch at Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan in April, another in September.

Defence minister Shogun confirmed at the time ”a successful test of a new system – it hit an old satellite with high precision.”

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Putin propagandist Kiselyov told his viewers: “Russia does not need conflicts.

“Russia needs guarantees of security, and in order to rule out the possibility of provocations capable of spilling over into a full-scale military confrontation, we will continue to clearly and consistently delineate our red lines, which no-one is permitted to cross.”

Western officials have blasted Russia’s weapons test as “reckless” and warned it risks further militarising space.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson said “I’m outraged by this irresponsible and destabilizing action. With its long and storied history in human spaceflight, it is unthinkable that Russia would endanger not only the American and international partner astronauts on the ISS, but also their own cosmonauts.

“Their actions are reckless and dangerous, threatening as well the Chinese space station and the taikonauts on board.”

UK Defence Secretary Wallace added: “This destructive anti-satellite missile test by Russia shows a complete disregard for the security, safety and sustainability of space.”

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US Teenager Who Shot 4 Students Dead Set To Be Charged As An Adult

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The suspect in a Michigan school shooting will face charges of terrorism and first-degree murder following a rampage that left four students dead and seven injured.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Oxford High School student Ethan Crumbley, 15, as an adult.

He has pleaded not guilty. Police are yet to identify a motive in the attack.

The victims were named as Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Hana St Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17.

Announcing the charges on Wednesday, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said her office had “a mountain of digital evidence” to show the suspect had planned the attack “well before the incident”.

One such instance is a video of the suspect the night before the shooting, in which he discusses killing students.

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“This isn’t even a close call,” she said. “This was not an impulsive act.”

She added that it was “absolutely premeditated”.

Ms McDonald said the teen will face one count of terrorism, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm, with further charges likely as the investigation unfolds.

At a later news conference, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said charging the suspect as an adult was “the most appropriate” action.

“I agree with holding this individual wholly and completely responsible for the deplorable, tragic event that occurred by his choice,” he said.

The suspect will be transferred from a juvenile detention centre to the local county jail, where he will be held without bond.

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The teenager has refused to speak with investigators on the instructions of his family.

The sheriff stressed that the teenager had never been on the radar of law enforcement or the school. He also added there was no evidence the suspect had been bullied by his peers.

“There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” said Mr Bouchard.

US Teenager Who Shot 4 Students Dead Set To Be Charged As An Adult

He noted that the suspect’s parents had been called to the school hours before the shooting “for behaviour in the classroom that was concerning”.

Investigators have found the suspect loaded his firearm – purchased by his father on Friday – in the bathroom and then walked through the hallway firing more than 30 shots from the weapon.

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Mr Bouchard said the suspect appeared to fire indiscriminately during the attack at the school of around 1,700 students.

Tate Myre reportedly tried to disarm the shooter, and more than 75,000 people have signed a petition calling for the school to rename its football stadium after Tate.

The 16-year-old, who played on the football team, died in a police officer’s car on the way to hospital.

Madisyn and Hana also died on Tuesday, while Justin was confirmed dead on Wednesday.

Among those admitted to hospital, a 17-year-old female student remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.

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The UK Government has said Nigeria will be added to the countries on its red list.

This is due to the discovery of COVID-19 Omicron cases linked to Nigeria.

The decision was announced in a tweet by the UK on Saturday.

According to the new protocol, non-UK and non-Irish citizens who are travelling in from Nigeria will not be allowed entry into the UK.

Although the ban is described as temporary, the UK said the new protocol does not apply to persons “staying airside and only transiting through”.

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A contingent of 62 troops of the Martin Luther Agwai International leadership and peacekeeping center (MLAILPKC) has been deployed to Mali for the multi-Dimensional integrated stabilization Mission (MINUSMA).

The troops were deployed after an intensive and comprehensive three weeks training in line with the United Nations pre-deployment modules.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Nigerian Medical (NIMED) level 8 II hospital MINUSMA Mali pre-deployment training in Jaji, Kaduna state, the Commandant of the center, Major General Auwal Fagge, said the troops underwent the four phases of the pre-deployment training.

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“Phase 1 of the training involved weapon training, basic military skills and lane, phase 2 exposed troops to UN specific peacekeeping training which covered the core pre deployment training material.”

“It also covered relevant lesson in some standardizes training material include cross cutting thematic issues like protection of civilian, conflict related sexual violence, child protection and sexual exploitation and abuse.

“In phase 3, troops went through mission specific training aimed at impacting practical knowledge on mission environment mandates, tasks, culture of the host nation and other specific training such as ROEs through scenario base exercise and phase 4 involved the integration training which brings together all the theoretical lesson to enhance decision making within the unit and the vitalization of the real mission condition.”

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He said the center will continue to provide quality training for troops earmarked for peace support operations in order to prepare them for multidimensional challenges in contemporary peacekeeping environments, which have become very dynamic and complex.

“The philosophy behind the training is in line with headquarters’ vision of deploying quality peacekeepers for peace support operations. The mission specific training received by the units is meant to provide the troops with requisite skills to enable them operate under the prevailing condition in Mali, in a most professional manner,” he added.

The Chief of Training, Army Headquarters, Major Abdulslam Ibrahim, who was the guest of honour noted that the technique and procedure impacted on the troops during the training will put them in a good frame of mind to discharge their duties in the mission area.

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Represented by Deputy Chief of Training, Brigadier-General Hassan T. Dada, he said the pre-deployment training was aimed at equipping troops with the knowledge and expertise to function in peace support operations.

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