Vladimir Putin has been dealt a humiliating blow after a Russian surface-to-air missile boomeranged back at his troops.
A bizarre video shows the weapon being fired into the air before it turned back and slammed into where it came from, causing an enormous explosion.
Kremlin troops reportedly launched a missile to intercept an oncoming Ukrainian plane as it flew over the Ukrainian city of Alchevsk in the Luhansk region, in the early hours of Friday morning (June 24).
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The area is currently under occupation of pro-Russian separatist forces and is on the front line of the Russia-Ukraine War.
The news comes just days after a Russian military plane burst into flames and crashed while on its way to support Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
The Ilyushin-76 cargo plane was spotted on fire above the Russian city of Ryazan (125 miles southeast of Moscow) immediately after refuelling there.
Ryazan is an important staging point for the Russian military heading for Ukraine, as well as a key base for the Russian paratroopers who have been decimated during the conflict.
The aircraft was forced into an emergency landing behind a busy residential tower, exploding as it touched down, sending a large plume of black smoke into the air.
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Nine crew members were on board, at least four of which were killed with the rest in a "grave" condition after being rushed to hospital.
Three of those killed – Vladimir Petrushin, Nikolai Gorbunov, and Dmitry Andreev – died at the crash site, while a fourth died in hospital.
It is understood that there were no civilian casualties on the ground, despite the plane crashing close to both shops and residential areas.
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