Dramatic video posted to social media captures the moment a Russian surface-to-air missile system appears to fire on itself.
In the footage, which has not been verified, the missile can be seen launching from the town of Alchevsk in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region on Friday morning.
A number of smoke trails can already be seen in the night sky, indicating recent launches at an unknown target, before another blasts off.
But when it reaches a height of approximately 300ft it suddenly whips around and dives back towards the ground.
A huge explosion can then be seen illuminating the otherwise pitch-black sky.
Surface-to-air missiles do not carry large warheads. Instead, they rely on speed to smash into the bodies of planes and helicopters and ignite the aircraft’s fuel or render it so unstable that it crashes.
It remains unclear what caused the system to malfunction so badly or whether there are any casualties.
The smoke trail shows how the missile boomeranged back on itself (Picture: Twitter/@OSINtechnical)
The clip was originally shared on the messaging app Telegram by the channel Face of War, which has posted similar footage since the beginning of the invasion.
The exact type of SAM system seen in the footage hasn’t been confirmed, however, a Russian S-400 missile system costs around £245million each.
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In a separate incident, an Ilyushin Il-76 military cargo plane crashed and caught fire while landing near Russia’s western city of Ryazan on Friday, killing four of the nine people on board.
Five people were hospitalised with injuries, the RIA news agency reported, citing local authorities.
The Interfax news agency separately quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying the plane had suffered an engine malfunction while on a training flight.
The ministry gave no details of crew deaths.
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