Rogozin suggests Putin strike major Ukrainian city with space missile
Dmitry Rogozin, former head of Roscosmos, Russia's state space agency, proposed to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to launch a space missile from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at Ukraine
Bild reported the information.
"Bild has obtained recordings of Dmitry Rogozin's conversations with Dmitry Baranov, Director General of the Progress Rocket Space Centre. Since the beginning of January 2023, they have been discussing the technical details of organizing a strike on a major Ukrainian city using a launch vehicle used for spaceflight. Officials decided that it would be best to launch it from the Plesetsk cosmodrome with explosives on board," Bild says.
However, Baranov noted that heavy high-explosive bombs or guided missiles can overheat at a speed of 6 km/sec. Another risk is that parts of the missile could fall on Russian territory. The Russians were also concerned that the margin of error in the strike could range from 50 to 100 km.
In the recording, Rogozin asks Baranov how long it would take to prepare the operation. He replies that it would take about six months.
According to Bild, the plan was presented to the Russian president on January 16, but his response is unknown.
It's important to highlight that this kind of rhetoric is a recurring feature of the Russian Federation's ruling elite. For instance, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, frequently engages in nuclear blackmail. In February, he issued threats of an apocalypse and the annihilation of civilization, and in April, he claimed that the world was teetering on the edge of nuclear war. Medvedev has also made threats of missile attacks on various targets, including the International Criminal Court building, the Bundestag, and the assassination of the presidents of Ukraine and Poland.