These images reportedly show Kalibr cruise missiles being fired from a Russian frigate in the Black Sea targeting “Ukrainian military infrastructure”.
The images appear to have been shot from a Russian war vessel at sea and show a hatch opening on the deck of the ship.
Seconds later, there is a flash of bright light and a roar as a missile is apparently launched into the sky.
The camera lens is quickly covered in smoke before flashes of light appear on screen in rapid succession as further missiles are apparently launched.
A salvo of four missiles in total is fired before the footage ends.
There is, however, no information about the precise target or if the strike was successful.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) yesterday (Sunday, 10th April), with the Russian MoD saying that the images show “Kalibr launches from a Black Sea frigate”.
The images were also carried by Russian media outlet Lenta, which is based in Moscow and belongs to the Rambler Media Group, itself owned by the majority state-owned Russian bank Sperbank, which notoriously lost over 99 per cent of its market value on the London Stock Exchange after Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, 24th February.
Lenta said that the images showed “high-precision cruise missiles” being launched from the Black Sea frigate, targeting “military infrastructure facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”.
Referring to the war in Ukraine along Moscow’s lines, calling it a “special military operation”, it added: “This was done as part of the tasks of the special military operation conducted by the Russian Armed Forces.”
The images emerged as the World Bank issued a report stating that the Ukrainian economy is set to shrink by nearly 50 per cent this year, with the economic output “in the Europe and Central Asia region” forecast to “contract by more than 4.1 percent in 2022”.
Allegations of Russian war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine are mounting, with graphic images making headlines around the world.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is quoted by the US State Department on Friday, 8th April, as saying: “We strongly condemn apparent atrocities by Kremlin forces in Bucha and across Ukraine. We are pursuing accountability using every tool available, documenting and sharing information to hold accountable those responsible.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the United Nations (UN) Security Council via video link on Tuesday, 5th April, urging the body to act and saying: “We are dealing with a State that is turning the veto of the United Nations Security Council into the right to die.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “I regret the divisions that have prevented the Security Council from acting on Ukraine & other threats to peace.
“Today I urged its member countries to do everything in their power to end the war and mitigate its impact on the people of Ukraine & beyond.”
Civilians leaving eastern Ukraine amid fears of a Russian onslaught there suffered a missile attack on Friday at the Kramatorsk train station, with 57 confirmed dead so far.