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Russia Firing Old and Empty Missiles as Putin Runs out of Weapons: U.K.

Russian forces are resorting to removing nuclear warheads from old cruise missiles to fire at targets in Ukraine, according to the latest Western assessment that points to Moscow’s dwindling weapons stocks.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) said that open-source imagery shows the debris of a 1980s AS-15 Kent air-launched cruise missile, which had apparently been shot down and whose warheads had “probably been substituted for ballast.”

The defense officials said that the inert system would still cause damage but was not likely to achieve “reliable effects against intended targets” and could be used by Moscow as decoys to divert Ukrainian air defenses.

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