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Flash: Starters “Iskander-M” and S-300 fixed in Volgograd (Video)

While this is not certain, it does put both the Russian Iskander-M and the S-300 within range of much of Ukraine.  The options are discussed in the article.

I am amazed that open source intelligence is so timely and the resolution so good.

As has been the case so often in Ukraine, Russia is again increasing the tension.

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Starters “Iskander-M” and S-300 fixed in Volgograd (Video)


Map of East Ukraine with range map superimposed

Volunteers of the international intelligence community InformNapalm during monitoring of social networks recorded the movement of 3 launchers of the Iskander-M complex and 4 launches of the S-300 complex, probably the S-300PMU2, in Volgograd on January 23, only 330 km from the border with Ukraine.

Video of the movement of the Russian military equipment column has been published by a local resident in the social network Instagram with a witty commentary: “I do not even know where they are. Maybe for the elections. ”

(Ed Note: poor translation. It is more likely “I don’t know why they are there, perhaps for the election”).

Interestingly, the range of the operational-tactical missile complex “Iskander-M” is 500 km, this distance in a straight line is like the distance from Volgograd’s Russia to the Ukrainian Kramatorsk.

Anniversary of the shelling of Kramatorsk

On February 10, 2015, Russian troops from an uncontrolled territory of Ukraine fired at the Smerch Military Airfield and densely populated areas of the city of Kramatorsk. As a result of the  bombing  , 17 people died, including 10 civilians and 7 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 64 people were injured. The main military prosecutor’s office of Ukraine qualified this fire as a terrorist act.

Preparing for a parade or covert movement for aggression?

In regional Russian mass media we have found a message announcing the holding of a military parade in Volgograd in honor of the 75th anniversary of the victory of Soviet troops near Stalingrad. It is reported that fighting and special equipment will take place on February 2, 2018 in the military parade on the “Square of the Deadly Fighters”: RZZV “Tornado” and “Smerch”, SRS “S-300”, PKK “Panzir”, tactical air defense missile complex “TOR -M1 “, T-90 tanks, self-propelled artillery guns” MTA-C “, armored cars” Tiger “and Iskander OTRK.

Volunteers InformNapalm in their investigations previously recorded the use of hostilities in the Donbass for virtually all of these types of Russian weapons and special equipment, with the exception of the Iskander OTRK.

We hope that, on the eve of the election, the Russian leaders will not go red again and will not use this type of weaponry in aggression against a neighboring state. But this option should be considered and prepared not only for Ukraine, but for the entire international community as well.

In the following publications, InformNapalm will talk about the permanent sites of the Russian OSC “Iskander”.