17 Iskander-M quasi-ballistic missiles are traveling to Ukraine

MOSCOW ($1=60.20 Russian Rubles) — A security camera at a train station in the direction of the Ukrainian region of Kherson recorded a train loaded with missiles and transport equipment. The video footage shows at least eight empty transport chassis of Iskander-M quasi-ballistic missiles and nine fully prepared and loaded Iskander-Ms.

17 Iskander-M quasi-ballistic missiles are traveling to Ukraine
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The video was published on Twitter. The account that distributed the video did not provide more information. I.e. it is not clear when exactly the video recording was made and what is the true direction of the train.

Iskander is a mobile ballistic missile system in service with the Russian army. Three more countries own Iskander – Armenia, Algeria, and Belarus. However, the “M” version was developed only for the Russian army.

17 Iskander-M quasi-ballistic missiles are traveling to Ukraine
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This ballistic missile was developed for short-range operational strikes. It is said to be capable of a 500 km range, although a 415 km range is currently documented. System version “M” is armed with two 9M723 missiles. According to open sources, the flight speed of each missile is between Mach 6 and Mach 7. Each 9M723 missile reaches a maximum flight height of 6 to 50 km. The characteristic of the 9M723 is that it does not have a ballistic trajectory, but it can be armed with a nuclear warhead. The Russians claim the missile is stealthy.

Once launched, the 9M723 maneuvers quite intensively. This is intended, according to experts, to avoid its interception and destruction by another type of missile – anti-ballistic. The trajectory of 9M723 is chaotic, i.e. this missile constantly maneuvers in flight to avoid interception.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

Russia: Ukraine's four HIMARS were destroyed, we used Iskander
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On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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