According to British intelligence services, Russia is using outdated launchers in Ukraine that are actually designed for nuclear warheads.
Debris from a type of missile that is believed to have been shot down can be seen on publicly available recordings, which dates from the 1980s and was developed as a nuclear delivery system, according to a report by the British Ministry of Defense on Saturday. The launchers would now be launched unarmed, without the warheads.
The missing warheads may have been filled with ballast. The kinetic energy and unused fuel would still cause damage.
Although these missiles could still cause damage, Moscow is unlikely to achieve any serious success with them, the British government said. Rather, the Kremlin hopes to distract the Ukrainian air defenses. London took this as a sign of how exhausted Russia’s arsenal of long-range missiles is.
The British Ministry of Defense has been publishing daily information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a disinformation campaign. (dpa/Reuters)
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