Russian TV shows debris from a UK-supplied Storm Shadow missile

RIA Novosti showed debris from a Storm Shadow missile. The missile hit a Russian target in the city of Luhansk this morning at 8:00 a.m. RIA Novosti reporters sent a team to the area to shoot video material.

Russian TV show debris from a UK-supplied Storm Shadow missile
Photo credit: Telegram

A Russian officer explains to the television camera that he is holding “debris, part of the hull of a Storm Shadow missile” in his hand.

In its Telegram channel, the media is also distributing photos of the wreckage. The serial number 8035902Е00 is visible on them. Immediately before this serial number is the manufacturer’s name – MBDA. The NATO supply number [NSN] is also clearly visible, which is NSN 1420-14-530-0307. A quick check shows that a government weapon, a missile, is registered under that number.

Russian TV show debris from a UK-supplied Storm Shadow missile
Photo credit: Telegram

According to RIA Novosti, citing the city administration, “7 multi-family residential buildings, an office building, and 2 cars were damaged as a result of the shelling”.

One Storm Shadow Missile downed

An anti-aircraft system intercepted a long-range Storm Shadow missile. This is stated in a press release of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The ministry did not say over which area the missile was intercepted. According to another Russian source, this happened over the Donbas.

Debris from a downed missile is circulating in the Telegram channel. This debris is said to be from the Donbas region. But no one is currently claiming that the debris is specifically from a Storm Shadow missile.

This is exactly what the press release from the Russian ministry says: “Air defense systems intercepted during the day seven HARM anti-radar missiles, one long-range Storm Shadow cruise missile…”

Storm Shadow in Ukraine

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Great Britain publicly announced the supply of Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine. At the moment, there is no official information about the delivered quantity. The number 200 is speculated.

Storm Shadow deep strike missile on Ukrainian supersonic Fencer
Photo credit: Flickr

Only two combat aircraft can carry this missile – the Su-24 tactical bomber and the Su-27. At this time, there is no information on whether the Ukrainian planes were able to set the missile programming to be done by the pilot in the plane. According to the rocket’s official specs, however, it can be tuned from the ground as well.

Russia claims to have already met Storm Shadow in Syria. According to claims by the Russian military, the missile was shot down over Syrian territory multiple times. Russian mobile air defense systems Tor and Buk have coped with the task.

Buk-M3 SAM in Ukraine: Mach 4.6, frag-HE warhead, 36 target channels
Photo: Wikipedia

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They 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. 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, Russian President Vladimir 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, as well as tanks entering via the 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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.

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