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Russian army deploys Iskander missile launchers in Belarus near Ukrainian border

According to Ukrinform, Russia has redeployed the division of Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) systems to the Brest region in Belarus, some 50km from the border with Ukraine. This is stated in the latest report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as of 06:00 on May 24, 2022, published on Facebook.
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Iskander-M (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

The threat of missiles and airstrikes on Ukrainian targets launched from the territory of the Republic of Belarus is growing. The Russian army does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone. It intensively fires along the entire line of contact and into the depths of the defense of Ukrainian troops in Donetsk, Slobozhansky, and Southern Buh operational areas. The greatest intensity of hostilities is observed in the Donetsk operational area, namely near Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk.

The 9K720 Iskander (NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone) is replacing the obsolete OTR-21 Tochka systems, still in use by the Russian armed forces. The Iskander has several different conventional warheads, including a cluster munitions warhead, a fuel-air explosive enhanced-blast warhead, a high explosive-fragmentation warhead, an earth penetrator for bunker-busting and an electromagnetic pulse device for anti-radar missions. The missile can also carry nuclear warheads. In September 2017, the KB Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) general designer Valery M. Kashin said that there were at least seven types of missiles (and "perhaps more") for Iskander, including one cruise missile.


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