This dramatic footage shows a camouflaged transporter erector launcher being driven into position before firing a ballistic missile high into the sky over Ukraine.
Newsflash obtained the slickly-produced video from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation today (Thursday, 26th May).
The Russian MoD said (in Russian): “Footage of the combat work of the crew of the Iskander operational-tactical missile system during a special military operation.
“The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to strike with high-precision missile weapons at the facilities of the important military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“OTRK ‘Iskander’ refers to high-precision weapons with a firing range of up to 500 kilometres. The warhead of an OTRK missile can destroy almost any target: enemy command posts, equipment columns, air defence systems.
“The OTRK has both ballistic and cruise missiles in its arsenal, which put false electronic interference on approach to the target and are practically invulnerable to enemy air defence systems. A cruise missile can go at ultra-low altitudes and go around the terrain, it is impossible to detect it.”
The 9K720 Iskander is a mobile short range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian military.
It entered service in 2006 and is operated by Russia, Armenia, Algeria and Belarus.
The Russian MoD did not specify where in Ukraine the footage was filmed.
In its latest briefing today, the Russian MoD said (in English): “The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
“High-precision air-based missiles have hit 48 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, 2 artillery batteries, and 2 ammunition depots near Nikolaevka and Berestovoe in Donetsk People’s Republic during the day.
“1 Ukrainian electronic reconnaissance centre near Dneprovskoe, Nikolaev Region, has been destroyed, including 11 servicemen from the combat unit, as well as 15 foreign engineering specialists who arrived with security guards.
“In addition, 1 Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system launcher has been destroyed near Nikolaevka in Donetsk People’s Republic, and 1 radar of the Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system near Chuhuev in Kharkov region.
“Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 49 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, 2 mortar crews, as well as 1 depot of missile and artillery weapons and ammunition.
“The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 350 nationalists and up to 96 armoured and motor vehicles.
“Russian air defence means have shot down 1 Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter over Husarovka, Kharkov Region. 1 Ukrainian Air Force military transport aircraft delivering ammunition and weapons has been also shot down in mid-air near Kremidovka, Odessa Region.
“In addition, 13 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down near Zelenyi Gai in Kherson Region, Bolshie and Malye Prokhody, Gavrilovka, Veseloe in Kharkov Region, and Epifanovka and Kirovsk in Lugansk People’s Republic, including 2 Soviet-made Tu-143 Reis jets near Melovatka in Lugansk People’s Republic.
“Missile troops and artillery have hit 62 command posts, 407 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, 47 artillery and mortar units at firing positions, as well as 3 ammunition depots.
“Units and military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ 10th Mountain Assault Brigade, which arrived to reinforce the Ukrainian grouping in Donbass, have been destroyed during unloading near Pokrovsk railway station in Donetsk People’s Republic.
“In total, 179 Ukrainian airplanes and 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,266 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 433 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,682 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,190 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is now calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”.
Today marks the 92nd day of the invasion.