A bizarre mid-air malfunction caused the missile to flip before pummeling the Russian troops who launched it in the city of Alchevsk in pro-Russian eastern Ukraine
Video not available
The moment a Russian surface-to-air missile turns and hits the invading army that launched it was captured in dramatic footage of the battlefield.
A short clip captured the moment when pro-Russian separatists fired a rocket at Ukrainian troops in the town of Alchevsk, Luhansk, in the early hours of Friday morning.
The bizarre mid-air malfunction causes the missile to fail as it climbs into the night sky before turning back on itself and destroying positions of Vladimir Putin’s troops.
Alchevsk is one of several cities forming the new frontline of the conflict, where Ukrainian troops are fiercely defending their country against pro-Russian separatists and the Kremlin’s military.
Russian troops reportedly fired the missile to shoot down a Ukrainian plane, according to a video posted on Telegram’s Face of War channel.
It is believed that the missile went haywire due to a malfunction in its internal GPS tracking system.
As the rocket reaches its point of origin, the dark night lights up as the rocket explodes in bright flashes.
The botched attack also resulted in a fire that tore through nearby homes, local media reported.
It has been suggested that Russia’s own defense system may have been the reason for the botched start.
Rob Lee, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, commented on the video on Twitter.
He said: “This is reportedly footage of a failed missile launch by Russia’s Alchevsk air defense system in Luhansk Oblast.”
It is unknown which anti-aircraft missile system – which can cost a staggering £245m per unit – backfired.
The number of dead and injured is not yet known.
The Russian army’s equipment has not lived up to its reputation since the conflict began, as several military failures have been observed in recent weeks.
Hours ago, a Russian military plane burst into flames en route to the Ukrainian battlefield before crashing to the ground near Moscow.
AFP via Getty Images)
The cargo plane had taken off after refueling when it crashed into a field near the city of Ryazan, some 200 kilometers south of the capital.
It was on fire even before it landed and then exploded into a huge ball of flames on the ground.
A column of smoke was seen near the Mikhailovsky highway.
Three on board the plane were killed and at least six people were injured, who were taken to hospital, it is reported, while a fourth later died.
And last week, a Kremlin fighter jet also crashed into a burning wreckage near the Ukrainian border.
A video showed the wreckage of the fighter jet burned in Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine’s Luhansk, Kharkiv and Sumy regions.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear due to suspicions that it may have been shot down, and the crash site is about 32 miles from the Ukrainian border.
The pilot ejected safely, according to Russian reports, which denied he was hit by Ukraine.
Russia’s Western Military District said the Su-25 is on a training flight rather than a combat mission, and suggested a “technical malfunction” as a possible cause.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russian-missile-launch-fails-boomerangs-27319766 Russian Missile Launch Fails and Boomerangs Strike Back to 'Blow Up Putin's Troops' - World News