A shocking video clip has shown a Russian missile launched into the sky, when an apparent malfunction caused the rocket to abruptly shift direction and return to strike the site it was launched from just moments before.
The footage, filmed in the dead of night, already shows three other smoke trails leading up towards the pitch black sky, suggesting the failed missile was not the first launched in this attack by Vladimir Putin’s forces.
As the missile makes contact with the ground, a huge explosion rips across the area, sparks fly from the launch site and thick clouds of smoke billow into the night.
The sound of the blast can be heard rippling through the audio captured in the clip and, as the sparks settle, further alarms can be heard in the distance, triggered by the blast.
The clip of the failed Kremlin missile launch emerged on the messaging platform Telegram, which has been a frequent source of harrowing videos from the frontline of the conflict in Ukraine.
The account which posted the footage, the Face of War channel, provided a brief caption which asserted the missile was part of a Russian attack launched from a city in Luhansk, the Donbas region.
The caption read: “Unsuccessful launch of an anti-aircraft missile by an air defence missile system of the RF Armed Forces near the city of Alchevsk, LPR.”
RF is understood to be an abbreviation for Russian Federation and LPR refers to the Luhansk People’s Republic, a Russian puppet state formed by supporters of Putin in 2014 which self-declared independence from Ukraine.
The city of Alchevsk is positioned just south of Severodonetsk, a core Russian target in the occupation of the Donbas region.
Severodonetsk has been fiercely defended by Ukrainian military forces who have acted to destroy possible routes into the city and prevent Russian occupation.
Moscow refocused Russian military efforts to the Donbas region, which sits along the Ukrainian-Russian border, after failing to capture the Ukrainain capital of Kyiv.
Vladimir Putin’s military have continued to make steady gains in the Donbas region although intelligence reports suggest “Ukraine is likely re-configuring its defence of the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk sector” in order to counter Russia strategy.
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