Russian Kalibr-type cruise missiles were loaded onto the Veliky Novgorod diesel-electric submarine – the very ones bombing the peaceful cities of Ukraine.”
“The crew of the Black Sea Fleet diesel-electric submarine has launched a salvo of Kalibr cruise missiles from the Black Sea against the military infrastructure of the Ukrainian armed forces ,” the ministry said on messaging app Telegram, according to CNN.
Russia reportedly launched “Kalibr” cruise missiles from a diesel submarine in the Black Sea. This is the first time that Moscow has reported using submarines in its invasion of Ukraine, which has been going on for 66 days.
A video of the incident was released by the Russian defence ministry, which was shared on Twitter by news organisation NextaTV. Here is a look at the tweet, which also contains the video released by the Russian defence ministry.
The video shows a flurry of Kalibr missiles emerging from the sea and bursting away into the horizon. The Russian defence ministry has said that they were aimed at Ukrainian military targets.
Kalibr missiles being launched from a Russian submarine.
News organisation The Eurasian Times reported on April 26 that photographs had emerged of a Russian submarine being loaded with nuclear-capable missiles in Crimea. This once again raises fears of a nuclear attack as the Kalibr missiles can be fitted with both conventional and nuclear warheads.
Kalibr missiles are a family of Russian cruise missiles developed by the Novator Design Bureau. These missiles can be launched from the air, by submarines and ships.
Some versions of this family of missiles have a secondary stage which takes it to supersonic speeds during the terminal approach to the target. This greatly reduces the time to target and the time that defence systems have to react.
However, the biggest concern with Kalibr missiles is that they can be fitted with conventional 500-kg explosive warheads or with thermonuclear warheads.