With United States intelligence officials having discovered that Russia’s been using secret ’decoy dart’ missiles in their attacks, Ukrainians on the ground have been defusing unexploded Russian bombs.
WITH United States intelligence officials having discovered that Russia’s been using secret “decoy dart” missiles in their attacks, Ukrainians on the ground have been defusing unexploded Russian bombs.
According to video shared on social media by the Collective Awareness to Unexploded Ordnance and the Centre for Information Resilience which is a non-profit dedicated to counter disinformation, the footage shows Ukraine officials defusing an unexploded bomb.
Another video shared by the ambassador of Ukraine to Estonia, Mariana Betsa, shows a bomb being “taken out of the window of a house in Chernihiv”.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that US intelligence has discovered the surprise ballistic missiles fired by Russia known as the “decoy dart” missiles which they claim Russia have refused to export to stop the West from reverse-engineering them.
These dart-shaped armaments, originally thought to be cluster bombs, have been seen on social media from almost the beginning of Russia’s invasion, the report said.
Images shared on social media show the dart-shaped devices with an orange tail which are released by the Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles which are fired from mobile launchers.
The missiles are said to have a range of up to 500km and carry a much more powerful warhead that can destroy big buildings.
The short-range ballistic missiles were first used in 2008 in Georgia, with the Iskander designed to confound missile defences by flying on a low trajectory and manoeuvring in flight to strike targets.