In an attempt to intimidate the West as the Russian offensive in Donbas continues, the Russian military announced that it successfully test-fired its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Sarmat ICBM or the Satan II.

According to Russian state news agency TASS, the first test of the Sarmat was carried out last Wednesday at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region on April 20, 15:12 Moscow time. The Sarmat, a three-stage, liquid-fueled missile, is expected to replace Russia’s SS-18 Satan ICBM.

The Russian defense ministry said that the Sarmat launch tasks were fully completed and that the design characteristics of all the flight stages of the ICBM were also completed and confirmed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Russian military and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu upon seeing the success of the launch.