Russia-Ukraine war live: Moscow probably firing cruise missiles with nuclear war


Russia probably firing missiles stripped of nuclear warheads, says UK

Russia’s stock of long-range missiles is so depleted that it is likely removing nuclear warheads from ageing nuclear cruise missiles and firing the unarmed rockets at Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

Its latest intelligence update says imagery has shown the wreckage of an AS-15 Kent cruise missile – apparently shot down – that was designed in the 1980s “exclusively as a nuclear delivery system”.

The ministry tweeted:

The warhead had probably been substituted for ballast. Although such an inert system will still produce some damage through the missile’s kinetic energy and any unspent fuel, it is unlikely to achieve reliable effects against intended targets.

Russia almost certainly hopes such missiles will function as decoys and divert Ukrainian air defences.

Whatever Russia’s intent, this improvisation highlights the level of depletion in Russia’s stock of long-range missiles.

Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 26 November 2022

Find out more about the UK government's response: https://t.co/htZ2ZsfvmF

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— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) November 26, 2022

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Russia’s stock of long-range missiles is so depleted that it is likely removing nuclear warheads from ageing nuclear cruise missiles and firing the unarmed rockets at Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

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Its latest intelligence update says imagery has shown the wreckage of an AS-15 Kent cruise missile – apparently shot down – that was designed in the 1980s “exclusively as a nuclear delivery system”.

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The ministry tweeted:

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The warhead had probably been substituted for ballast. Although such an inert system will still produce some damage through the missile’s kinetic energy and any unspent fuel, it is unlikely to achieve reliable effects against intended targets.

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Russia almost certainly hopes such missiles will function as decoys and divert Ukrainian air defences.

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Whatever Russia’s intent, this improvisation highlights the level of depletion in Russia’s stock of long-range missiles.

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