Putin launches mock nuclear warhead at Ukraine as Russia runs out of missiles

Vladimir Putin has launched a mock nuclear warhead at Ukraine, showing that the Russians may be running out of missiles.

Ukrainian air defences shot down four Iranian Shaded drones – known as "kamikaze drones" – and two cruise missiles over Kyiv on Thursday morning (November 17).

Putin has been bombarding cities such as Kyiv and Dnipro this week. A barrage of 90 missiles on Tuesday (November 15) was the largest since Putin launched his "special military operation" in February.

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A source told the Ukrainian news outlet Defense Express that one of the missiles shot down over Kyiv on Thursday was an X-55 cruise missile, and did not have a warhead.

Instead, an empty "block" had been "screwed" on where a warhead should have been, acting as an imitator for a nuclear warhead.

Defense Express suggest that the Russian military must have used an X-55 from their nuclear arsenal, unscrewed the nuclear warhead and replaced it with the block as they are running out of normal missiles.

X-55 missiles were developed with the specific intention of carrying nuclear weapons.

The Russian military typically use X-555 missiles to carry normal explosives.

The Ukrainian outlet also reports that the Russians may have purposely used the X-55 missile as a way to overload Kyiv's air defences.

This is not the first time there have been murmurings of Putin's stockpiles running low.

As early as May, a UK Military of Defence report suggested the Russians were targeting civilian infrastructure in a bid to bomb Ukraine into submission before their missiles ran out.

The report added: "As the conflict continues beyond Russian pre-war expectations, Russia's stockpile of precision-guided munitions has likely been heavily depleted.

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"This has forced the use of readily available but ageing munitions that are less reliable, less accurate and more easily intercepted."

Following the Crimea Bridge explosion last month, an enraged Putin launched bombing raids on civilian targets, further depleting his stockpiles.

And on October 28, Ukraine Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat said Russia was focusing less on military bases and more on critical infrastructure due to a shortage of high-precision weapons.


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