The British intelligence service suggested that Russia is removing nuclear warheads from old cruise missiles and replacing them with heavy metal warheads in order to use them to bomb Ukrainian territory.
“The move highlights the level of depletion in Moscow’s stockpile of long-range weapons,” the agency added in a statement on its Twitter account.
The British Ministry of Defense said: “Regardless of Russia’s intentions, this improvisation confirms the decline in the level of stocks of long-range missiles in Russia.”
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) November 26, 2022
The intelligence assessment was based on photographs taken from inside Ukraine of the wreckage of a Russian “AS-15 Kent” air-to-ground cruise missile, according to the BBC.
The missile was designed in the eighties of the last century exclusively to carry nuclear warheads.
The British Ministry of Defense said in its daily report, “This system will cause damage through the missile’s kinetic energy and unspent fuel, but it is unlikely to achieve an effect on the detected targets.”
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Cruise missile attacks
And in the past few weeks, Russia has launched a wave of cruise missile and drone attacks on Ukraine, killing dozens of civilians and causing power outages across the country, according to media reports.
Russia’s stockpile of missiles is a closely guarded secret, and it is not known what material Western intelligence agencies base their assessments on, but there are some clues in photos taken of recent Russian attacks on targets inside Ukraine.
Dirty bomb danger
In the context, a Russian official at the Atomic Energy Agency warned, on Saturday, of a possible attack on concrete containers containing spent fuel at the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.
“If there is spent fuel in dry storage in concrete containers at the site (Zaporozhya), it is enough for an artillery shell to land there to get a ‘dirty bomb’,” Mikhail Chudakov, deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Sputnik.
He continued, Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency: “There is no need to search for a bomb in the form of a bomb.”
A “dirty bomb” is a container containing radioactive isotopes and an explosive device. The radioactive material is spread after its explosion by the shock wave, which leads to radioactive contamination of the area where it exploded.
Moscow and Kiev, and behind it Washington and Western countries, exchange accusations about targeting the Zaporizhia plant, the largest nuclear plant in Europe.
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