Russian missile fired at Kyiv ‘contained nuclear warhead dummy’

A view from the Saint Volodymyr Hill Park after the first snowfall of the year in Kyiv yesterday
A view from the Saint Volodymyr Hill Park after the first snowfall of the year in Kyiv yesterday (Picture: Getty)

A Russian missile shot down over Kyiv yesterday was originally intended to carry a nuclear warhead, according to Ukrainian officials quoted by local media.

Instead, a dummy was installed on the Kh-55 rocket, the Strategic Communications Centre of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told local media the Defence Express.

A spokesman said: ‘Simply put – for this strike, the orcs took at least one Kh-55 missile from their “nuclear arsenal”, “unscrewed” the nuclear warhead and replaced it with a dummy before firing it at Ukraine.

‘Although we should not rule it out that as events develop, at least a few such missiles will be seen.’

It is not clear why a dummy nuclear warhead would have been used.

The discovery, which followed an examination of missile debris, raises questions, science and technology publication technology.org said.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock (13619821e) A firefighter is seen in front of a residential building that was hit by a Russian S-300 missile, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following Moscow's announcement to retreat from Kherson, this attack on Mykolaiv was reported on 10 November local time, while Kyiv has been preparing for a whole-city evacuation as supplies of water and electricity are likely to suspend. Russian War on Ukraine: Russian Air Strikes on Mykolaiv - 11 Nov 2022
A firefighter is seen in front of a residential building that was hit by a Russian S-300 missile on November 19 (Picture: Shutterstock)

It wrote: ‘There is a chance that the Russian federation is running out of conventional missiles of Kh-555 modification and they are using Kh-55 instead.

‘If a nuclear charge was taken out, does this mean Russian soldiers forgot to put a conventional warhead in its place?

‘Or, if a nuclear warhead was taken out, where is it now?’

There is also a chance the missile with a dummy existed in its current form and was simply used as a somewhat cheaper decoy with the aim of misguiding Ukrainian air defence systems, said Ukrinform, a Ukrainian news agency.

Four missiles and five Shahed drones were destroyed during an air raid alert over Kyiv on Thursday, Ukrinform reported.

Russian air strikes targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities again yesterday as the first snow of the season fell in Kyiv.

People get into a car in Kyiv during a power outage yesterday
People get into a car in Kyiv during a power outage yesterday (Picture: Shutterstock)

At least four people were killed and more than two dozen others wounded in the drone and missile strikes, including one that hit a residential building, authorities said.

The Kremlin’s forces have suffered a series of setbacks on the ground, the latest being the loss of the southern city of Kherson.

In the face of those defeats, Russia has increasingly resorted to aerial onslaughts aimed at energy infrastructure and other civilian targets in parts of Ukraine it does not hold.

Thursday’s attacks appeared to be on a lesser scale than the nationwide barrage of more than 100 missiles and drones that knocked out power to 10 million people earlier this week.

Tuesday’s strikes were described by Ukraine’s energy minister as the biggest barrage yet of the nearly nine-month-old invasion against the battered power grid.

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