Russia fired at Kyiv nuke Kh-55 with a removed nuclear warhead

KYIV ($1=60.83 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — According to Ukrainian sources, anti-aircraft missile systems over the capital Kyiv shot down at least four Iranian Shahid-136 drones and two Russian cruise missiles in the latest missile attacks. According to the online media outlet Defense Express, one of the intercepted Russian missiles was a Kh-55 model. It is a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Russia fired at Kyiv nuke Kh-55 with a removed nuclear warhead
Photo credit: Defense Express

Sources in the field claim that the missile was with an empty block. What does this mean? Before launching the missile, the Russians removed the nuclear warhead and installed a warhead simulator. I.e. empty block.

There are two options: either Russia sends a warning to Ukraine and its allies, or conventional missiles [missiles with conventional warheads] are running out. Put simply: Russia “spent” a nuclear missile without using it.

There is a third possibility: does the removal of the nuclear warhead and the failure to field any, even conventional ones, mean that conventional warheads are also running out? If so, it means that the Kremlin has reached the critical level of the quantities of conventional warheads.

Kh-55 vs. Kh-555

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Kh-55 cruise missile, photo credit: Wikipedia

Ukrainian online media Defense Express says Russia has traditionally attacked Ukraine with Kh-555 missiles. This is a conventional rocket, i.e. the warhead is highly explosive but not nuclear. I.e. it is a Russian modification of the Kh-55 but without a nuclear warhead.

The Kh-55 is a Soviet-era design. It was designed as a carrier of a nuclear warhead.

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.

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.

IRIS-T SLM air defense shot down a Russian missile near Kyiv
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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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