Cyprus Mail PDF editions From UFO to failed Russian missile

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CYPRUS was one of the countries in the region to witness what was initially thought to be an UFO on Thursday night but was more likely a failed Russian missile, reports said yesterday.

Thousands of people in Israel, Lebanon and Jordan, among other countries in the region reported the strange spiral of light in the sky around 8.45pm on Thursday night, and Cyprus was no exception.

Ioannis Fakas from the Fakas Institute, which monitors astronomical phenomena told Sigmalive yesterday that the institute had received dozens of calls from people in Dromolaxia, Kappari, Paralimni, Yeroskipou and even from Paphos, reporting the strange lights in the sky.

He said the calls started coming in around 8.45pm, the same time as those reported in the other countries in the region. Russia confirmed later that it had launched a rocket some six minutes before.

‘It was clear that people all over the middle east saw the same thing,” he said.

Reports yesterday described the phenomenon, which went on for a few hours, as akin to a spinning wheel

The missile was thought to be 120 to 180 miles in the sky which is roughly half as high up as the International Space Station, at 345miles.

A witness said: ‘We saw a large trail of light traveling from a distant spot in the sky. We could not see the source of the light. The trail was massive. It was an unusual sight. Moments later we saw swirling movement where the light was coming from.’

The Russian Defence Ministry statement said the country had successfully test-fired a Topol strategic intercontinental ballistic missile from Russia’s Astrakhan region, to a testing area in Kazakhstan.



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