NewsKyiv forensics confirm first use of questionable quality Russian Zircon missile in Ukraine attack

Kyiv forensics confirm first use of questionable quality Russian Zircon missile in Ukraine attack

There is confirmation: The Russians used a superweapon. "It does not meet technical parameters."
There is confirmation: The Russians used a superweapon. "It does not meet technical parameters."
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3:44 PM EST, February 12, 2024

On Monday, Olexandr Ruvin, head of the Kyiv Forensic Science Institute, shared on his Telegram channel findings from experts who analyzed the missile remnants found in Kyiv. They propose that this marks the first instance of Russians using Zircon hypersonic missiles in their attack on Ukraine.

"This is supported by markings on parts and fragments, part identification, and features of this specific weapon," announced Ruvin.

The remnants of the 3M22 Zircon missile were found following the February 7 attack in the Dnipro district of Kyiv, near a power line. The "mysterious" Russian weapon, flaunted by Moscow for years, was suspected to be involved. Last year, the Russian Defense Minister announced its incorporation into the Russian army's arsenal. However, it is known that this missile has been under testing for a considerable amount of time.

"It does not meet declared capabilities"

Ruvin did not specify the exact location hit by the missile, but noted that the areas affected were distanced from military facilities. "Civilians and civilian infrastructure bore the brunt of the attack," he added.

The 3M22 Zircon is a maneuvering anti-ship missile that also has the capability to strike land targets. Reports suggest it can also be deployed from specialized ground launchers.

According to Russian authorities, this missile can cover a range from 372 to 932 miles and can achieve speeds up to 8-9 mach, translating to approximately 6214 to 7000 mph.

In his Telegram post, Ruvin highlighted that the missile's microelectronics were severely damaged, thus rendering their analysis virtually impossible. Researchers are continuing their examination of the missile body fragments and thermal insulation materials.

"It is now clear that the weapon does not live up to the tactical and technical features announced by the enemy," Ruvin disclosed.

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