One of Vladimir Putin's 9,200mph misfiring hypersonic missiles had to be exploded after it reportedly fell off a plan over a Russian wheat field.
The Kinzhal was intended to cause chaos in western Ukraine on August 11 after being unleashed from a supersonic MiG-31 warplane, but it fell from the sky and narrowly missed a handful of villages in the Tula region of Russia.
Despite this, the Russian defence ministry reported a successful strike on Ukraine, according to reports.
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One month later the £2.1 million missile was discovered by farmworkers sticking out of the ground before four villages had to be evacuated as it was detonated.
Farmers were upset that their cattle and pets were not also evacuated.
A controlled explosion saw a giant fireball blast and an ominous smoke trail into the sky.
The dropping of the missile from the warplane was due to an “abnormal operation of the system,”according to Telegram channel Cheka-OGPU.
The incident represents a humiliation for Vladimir Putin who has been the driving force in developing hypersonic missiles in Russia.
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The military “out of habit had reported the successful defeat of all targets” on the day the missile was supposed to have been unleashed on Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine.
Other Kinzhal missiles struck an airfield in an attack intended to hit young pilots training to fly Western warplanes, according to reports.
An innocent eight-year-old boy was killed.
An initial plan was to evacuate the missile and repair it but this was ultimately seen as too dangerous.
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“It took seven buses and a couple of hundred military personnel to evacuate local residents,” said the channel.
But locals “were not allowed to take their domestic [including farm] animals with them”.
Another report said that residents heard a “strong explosion” which officials explained as “destruction of ammunition by the military”.
No casualties were reported from the explosion.
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