UK Storm Shadow missiles flew unhindered over the S-400 – video

In an astonishing incident captured on video, the Russian military’s own S-400 [or possibly the S-300] air defense system experienced a dramatic failure in occupied Crimea. This exclusive footage displays Storm Shadow missiles swerving unimpeded over the Russian air defense systems, unable to be intercepted. This remarkable video was published on the “Spy Dossier” Telegram channel on February 6. 

S-400 jointly with A-50 AEW&C shot down Su-27 and MiG-29 - Russia
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The report claims that this footage, captured on January 31 in occupied Crimea, tells a unique story. As a reminder, on that same day, a thunderous missile attack launched by Ukraine struck Belbek airport on the peninsula, which houses Russian military aircraft. Fascinatingly, in the video, these missiles glide smoothly over the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. The background echoes with the hysterical laughter of Russian military personnel, his eyes tracking the Storm Shadow missiles as he spews profanity. 

According to the information posted, the missile’s target was Belbek airport, further expected to strike the command hub of the 38th Fighter Aviation Regiment on January 31, 2024. All of this activity unravels somewhere in Crimea, the report noted. 

Yan Matveev comment

Esteemed Russian analyst, Yan Matveev, has given his critique regarding the current state of Russia’s air defense system in Crimea. His observations imply a deeply troubling situation. He pointed out, “While Russian air defense teams are on the ground observing the cruise missiles mid-flight, the S-400 launchers can be seen in their background. This is hardly the time they should find themselves as mere spectators – they should be shooting down these inbound Storm Shadows. Furthermore, there should be a ‘Pantsir-C1’ safeguarding the battery close by. However, none of these expectations are being met.” 

Let’s not forget, that the air defense system in Crimea, currently under Russian administration, is systematically being dismantled by the Ukrainian military. Their consistent strikes on the system have greatly lessened its capability. As a result, the Ukrainian forces have accomplished what seemed impossible – they are now able to target and hit Russian military headquarters, vessels at sea, and air bases located on the peninsula. 

Storm Shadow or SCALP missile
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The attack on the Belbek air base

Reports from Ukrainian outlets on February 2 indicated that Ukraine successfully inflicted damage on at least three Russian military aircraft. This occurred at the Belbek military airbase, situated near Sevastopol in the disputed Crimea region, a confirmation that came from Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat. 

The attack on the airbase took place on January 31. According to a military informant who spoke to Ukrainska Pravda, Ukraine deployed Scalp/Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles. Ihnat confirmed the assault, which not only harmed aircraft but also caused fatalities among Russian military officials. 

Following these events, the Russian Defense Ministry initially claimed that it intercepted and neutralized all inbound missiles targeting Crimea. They further stated that the Belbek airfield’s aviation equipment suffered “no damage.” However, Ihnat challenged Russia’s assertions. The recent weeks have seen Ukraine escalate its attacks on Russian military assets stationed in Crimea and the surrounding Black Sea region.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Storm Shadow deep strike missile on Ukrainian supersonic Fencer
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Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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