Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Russian missile found at site of building collapse in Belgorod

At least 15 people have lost their lives and 20 others are injured after a portion of a residential building collapsed in Belgorod, Russia, following a missile strike.

Russian authorities have reported that Ukraine launched an attack using at least 12 missiles, including ballistic missiles and rocket artillery systems, resulting in one of the deadliest incidents in the Belgorod region.

According to Russia’s defense ministry, air defenses intercepted six Tochka U missiles, four Vampire rockets, and two Olkha rockets. Fragments from one of the intercepted Tochka U missiles damaged the residential building, as said by official statements.


Subsequent analysis of the missile debris revealed that it belonged to a Russian surface-to-air missile of the S-300/S-400 air defense system family, specifically the 5V55/48N6DM variant.

Militarnyi courtesy photo

The Russian MASH media outlet released on Telegram images showed fragments of the missile’s aerodynamic surfaces and fuselage elements, further corroborating the 5V55/48N6DM variant.

A later video recording of the explosion did not capture the incoming projectile but indicated that the blast originated from the northeast section of the building. This area is adjacent to an open area where Russian air defense systems could have been positioned.

Notably, Belgorod has been previously targeted by Russian air defense systems, with incidents involving the Pantsir and S-300 systems documented by eyewitnesses. Additionally, Russian military aircraft have been known to drop bombs over the city, resulting in explosions and civilian casualties. However, the Russian defense ministry consistently blames Ukraine for such incidents.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more



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