JRL NEWSWATCH: “Donald Trump says an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile accidentally blew up in Russia, and here’s why experts say he’s right” – Meduza/ Dmitry Kuznets, Kevin Rothrock (translation)

Montage of Radioactivity Symbol and Russian Map with Russian Flag, adapted from images at .gov sites

“… August 8, two soldiers and five staff from a nuclear research center in Sarov died in an explosion in the Arkhangelsk region while testing some of Russia’s latest ‘hardware.’ … monitors … recorded raised levels of background radiation … and part of the White Sea has been closed to shipping. The United States … announced openly … the accident occurred when testing an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile called ‘Skyfall’ (… ‘Burevestnik,’ or ‘Thunderbird,’ in Russia). … Putin unveiled this new weapon … a national speech, roughly a year ago. … The Russian Navy’s Central Missile Range is located in the town of Nyonoksa … 19 miles[] from Severodvinsk. … [Russian military s]ources … claimed anonymously … Skyfall engine testing concluded successfully … early 2019 … American intelligence officials, … speaking anonymously, say not one of Russia’s 13 missile tests was entirely successful …. [Washington] sources … [say] the missile has always run into problems … switching from its starting (conventional) engine to its nuclear engine. … Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation ‘Rosatom’ was responsible for creating the engines used in both the Skyfall missile and the Poseidon drone ….”

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