The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that it had deployed its latest generation of powerful laser weapon systems to counter the stream of Western weapons flowing into Ukraine.

The laser, which Moscow claims is one of its “secret weapons,” has the alleged capability to burn drones flying overhead. However, the United States and Ukrainian governments had shed doubt on the capabilities and even the existence of such weapon systems.

Back in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled an astonishing batch of what seemed to be state-of-the-art military equipment, including a supersonic weapon, an intercontinental ballistic missile, sub-aquatic nuclear drones, and finally, a new laser system.

There were few details given on the new laser. What is known is that the system was called Peresvet, whose name was derived from a medieval Orthodox warrior monk, Alexander Peresvet.