Russian President Vladimir Putin (bottom right) delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow in March 2018 while a screen shows a newly developed cruise missile. Photo: EPA-EFE

Responding to Donald Trump’s boast, Russia says its missile programme beats US’ despite fatal explosion

  • Five Russian scientists died in failed test that prompted US president to brag about American superiority
  • Moscow cancels planned evacuation of town near offshore site where accident took place
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (bottom right) delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow in March 2018 while a screen shows a newly developed cruise missile. Photo: EPA-EFE
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A screen grab from footage of the funerals on Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by a rocket explosion in Sarov. Photo: Rosatom via AP

Scientists killed in missile test blast were working on ‘new weapons’, says Russian nuclear agency chief, vowing to continue testing

  • Weapon, thought to be the ‘Burevestnik’ cruise missile, was being tested on platform at sea when fuel caught fire and caused an explosion
  • Incident comes amid fears of new arms race after Moscow and Washington withdrew from cold war-era nuclear treaty
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A screen grab from footage of the funerals on Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by a rocket explosion in Sarov. Photo: Rosatom via AP
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