Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed a frigate armed with hypersonic cruise missiles towards the Atlantic and Indian oceans in a show of military force as the war in Ukraine grinds on.

Putin took part in a ceremony via video conference on Wednesday to mark the launch of the Admiral Gorshkov warship.

“The ship is equipped with the latest hypersonic missile system – ‘Zircon’ – which has no analogues,” Putin said before ordering it to begin combat service

“I would like to wish the crew … success in their service for the good of the Motherland,” he added. Shoigu said the frigate would sail to the Atlantic and Indian oceans and Mediterranean Sea.

He added it was capable of delivering “pinpoint and powerful strikes against the enemy at sea and on land”,

saying the hypersonic missiles on board could overcome any missile defence system and had a range of more than 1,000 kilometres (620 miles).