The media found a secret unit of the Russian army, which aims missiles at targets in Ukraine

The media found a secret Russian army unit that aims missiles at targets in Ukraine

Russian missiles are aimed at targets in Ukraine by a special unit within the Main Computing Center (MCC) of the Russian Armed Forces. This is the conclusion reached by a group of investigative journalists led by Christo Grozev from Bellingcat.

To find out which structure in the Russian Armed Forces is responsible for determining targets and flight trajectories for guided missiles, journalists from Bellingcat, The Insider and Der Spiegel analyzed the data of thousands of graduates of specialized military universities.

The MCC, where some of them went to serve , seemed to investigators to be exactly the place where they can calculate trajectories for missiles.

Media found a secret unit of the Russian army that aims missiles at targets in Ukraine

To test this hypothesis, they studied the metadata of telephone conversations of the head of the center, Major General Robert Baranov.

Analysis of his calls from February 24 to the end of April 2022 showed that every time before cruise missile launches he received calls from one specific number owned by Colonel Igor Bagnyuk, registered at the Main Computer Center.

Then the journalists studied the metadata of the calls of Bagnyuk himself and found that he communicates intensively with more than 20 military engineers and IT specialists from the MCC. Based on repeated call clusters, they identified a team of 33 military engineers who report to Colonel Bagnyuk.

They are all registered at the same address – Znamenka, 19 in Moscow, where the building of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces is located.

Most of them are young men and women with a background in information technology and even in the development of computer games.

The media found a secret Russian army unit that aims missiles at targets in Ukraine

< p>The MCC division discovered by journalists consists of three teams, each of which programs the flight trajectories of one specific type of high-precision missiles:

→ ZM-14 («Caliber», sea-based) – Ivan Popov , Matvey Lyubavin, Roman Kurochkin, Ekaterina Chugunova, Sergey Ilyin, Yuri Nikonov, Georgy Starostin, Dmitry Tikhonov, Nikolai Tarasov and Igor Groza;
→ 9M728 (P-500, «Iskander&# 187;, ground-based) – Alexei Mikhailov, Pavel Obukhov, Elvira Obukhova, Nikita Poplavsky, Viktor Yaskelainen, Alexander Grigoryan, Vladimir Petrov, Artem Vedenov;
→ X-101 (air-based) – Artem Chernov, Alexei Betekhtin, Andrey Ivanyutin, Anton Chulikov, Olga Pismenskaya, Pavel Vasilyev, Alexey Volkov, Anton Shatun, Stanisl en Minkov.

The gunners themselves categorically deny that they work in the MCC and have anything to do with the shelling of Ukraine.

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