Kremlin military chiefs have claimed to have destroyed a Ukrainian command post with a supersonic cruise missile.
The “high-precision” missile was fired from a K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system positioned close to the Black Sea, says Moscow.
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: “Launch of the Onyx high-precision missile by the Bastion coastal missile system from the Black Sea coast at the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
The MoD claimed: “The strike resulted in the destroyed command post of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
However, the footage shows only the launch of the missile being fired into the sky before shooting across the sea.
There is no footage of the target being hit, or even an explanation of where the target was.
The Russian supersonic cruise missile is developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya, which also produces the K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system together with the Belarusian company Tekhnosoyuzproekt.
The missile used by the Bastion-P is the P-800 Onyx, a supersonic anti-ship missile with a 200- to 250-kilogramme warhead that is fired vertically using a solid-fuel rocket booster and then a liquid-fuel ramjet for cruising at Mach 2.5.
Today marks the 40th day since Russian invaded its neighbouring country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” the European country.
The United Nations’ International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands, has ordered Russia to stop its invasion and remove its troops from Ukrainian territory.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has said that his government is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia.