Ukraine Warns Putin With Cruise Missile Tests

This is the moment the Ukrainian army carries out cruise-missile war games on the Black Sea coast amid growing tensions with Russia.

According to local media, the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out drills with the S-125 Neva/Pechora surface-to-air missile system, capable of sinking enemy ships.

The tests took place in the southern Ukrainian region of Odessa Oblast on the northern coast of the Black Sea.

The video shows several Neptune cruise missiles being fired from the S-125 missile system.

According to Ukrainian military, the war games were successful and all training targets were destroyed.

Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, said: “The Ukrainian missiles tests proved that we are able to defend our Black Sea and Azov Sea borders.”

Military drills

He added that the anti-ship missiles hit the target 280 kilometres (174 miles) from the testing ground.

According to experts, the missile’s maximum range is 300 kilometres (186 miles), which is considered more than enough to sink Russian warships if needed.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that the “cruise missiles successfully hit their target”.

The Neptune missile was designed by the state design bureau Luch based in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

Military drills

The company is a powerful part of country’s military industrial complex and specialises in designing missiles and missile defence systems.

At present, the state bureau is considered one of the country’s leading developers of aircraft and anti-tank systems.

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Story By: Sergey Panashchuk,  Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder,  Agency: Central European News


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