Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukraine has its own rocket forces of special purposes. But all nuclear weapons were moved from the country in 1990s and only one base was saved and soon became a museum. This is not just an exposition of rocket engines, it is the command post located deeply under the ground. Several details of the infrastructure are still operational and real missiles didn’t lose their military might. This base or museum is located in the village Pobugskoe that is famous for the iron nickel plant.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Former officers like to visit this place most of all.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Working hours in the museum are 10.00-17.00 without days off.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The old rocket R-12 was added to the armoury in 1959 and was the first Soviet strategical missile.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Of course, it is beyond comparison with modern ones as it required 100 litres of fuel for a second of working.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

A guide tells the history of the 43th Soviet missile army.

The first intercontinental ballistic missile P-16 was able to reach the USA from the USSR territory. In 1960 its test was hold in Baikonur, but unfortunately the rocket fired and about a hundred people died.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The map of the Pervomaisk base, different control panels, models of the command unit and rockets.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The fuel filler’s suit. The rocket fuel is one of the strongest poisons: a drop of it on the skin entails the death.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The command post. It looks small, but all important objects are hidden under the ground.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The long corridor (155 metres) with lots of communication and utility lines on walls.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The entrance to the module with huge doors. Red lines indicate the place where one should not stay or doors simply squash him.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Combination locks.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The dummy of the command module. Its length is 33 metres, width-3,3 metres, weight-120 tones. In case of a nuclear war this construction may exist autonomously during 45 days.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The upper area of the module.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

A bottomless silo.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

A command post includes two or three men. This is the place for a pilot who could press just one button…and destroy big cities.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

All the system was controlled from Moscow. Only the president, the chief of the General Staff or the Commander in Chief were able to activate the launching button.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The dwelling compartment.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

A latrine.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The atmosphere here is very difficult: the high pressure, the stuffy and cold air, the deadly silence, the metal smell and practically no life signs.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Doors for coming out.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The freezing center with the superpower cooling system maintains the temperature in modules and silos.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The silo top.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The tractors MAZ-537 serve for the extraction of a module from a silo.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

And for its transporting.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The most terrible thing in the world is such a nuclear warhead.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The missile cover weighs 120 tones.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

A liquidated silo with a power unit and an automotive security system.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The rocket RS-20 called “Voivode” or “Satan”.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

It was added to the armoury in 1980.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The process of fuel fillings lasts for several minutes. Such rockets can serve for decades.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

The warhead power is 550-770 kilotones. To compare: 13 and 18 kilotones fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So the name “Satan” is more than reasonable.

Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal

Cruise missiles, tanks and cannons. If a nuclear war took place, the USSR would have been a conqueror, but at the same time it probably would have been the only one country remained in the world.

Location:Pobugskoe

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22 thoughts on “Ukrainian Nuclear Arsenal”

  1. I should like to visit this museum in Ukraine too.

    ER has had several posts of this place. I suppose we will see several more in the future as well.

  2. There are no “winners” in a “full exchange” thermonuclear war.

    ONLY SURVIVORS.

    And how long they continue before extinction takes place is a matter of both scientific fact and debate, extinct they would have become though.

    I read somewhere in the Bible that God promised not to use floods on the earth again, it would be fire next time around.

  3. Most people don’t realize that the rockets they use, are basically just controlled explosions. That’s why they take so much fuel, it’s just one long explosion stretched out over time.

    Interesting toilet. A “sitter” and a “squatter” all in one. Hate to have to use it, but at least they’re trying…

  4. “. If a nuclear war took place, the USSR would have been a conqueror, but at the same time it probably would have been the only one country remained in the world.”
    silly simple russians still believe this? your military machines were held together using string and chewing gum. your soldiers were either drunk or being raped by drunks.
    the slavic dogs would be defeated and begging for mercy within an afternoon. one can expect no less from a nation of drunken pathetic sons of prostitutes.
    western europe and the usa will always be able to buy defeat you in war and business. western europe and the usa will always be able to buy your sisters for pocket change.

  5. I hope they can aim their rockets better than they aiming in the latrine. that thing needs to be cleaned badly

  6. Anyone who thinks there would be a winner or survivor in a nuclear exchange needs to look up Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD).

    This was the deterrence strategy for both countries during the cold war – the assurance that if there was an exchange, the entire world would be destroyed. Good thing we can trust our policy makers to make the best decisions for us!

    • Yes and no. In a situation where MAD came into practice there would (by definition) have been no winners. No more USA, no more Soviet Union. Just territories where everything is in ruin, most people are dead and things have fallen into anarchy.

      Thinking the ENTIRE WORLD would have been destroyed is delusional, though. At least the doctrine of mutual destruction proves nothing. It’s politics, not science. No amount of nukes that ever existed had potential to kill everyone or everything.

  7. Nuclear weapons do not create a long term radiation hazard comparable to Chernobyl.

    The problem after a full scale nuclear war would not be radiation but the fact most of us would dead and others starving, without electricity, water, heating or medication.

    The concept of a nuclear winter is purely theoretical and a complete extinction of mankind by nuclear weapons would likely be impossible. The survivors would just be back to the medieval times… or stone age.

    • Well I would bet for medieval age. To many materials and tech would be left behind not to use it. So basically survivors would have no need to regress to dark age, actually they would try to use as much tech as they can to gain advantage.

  8. Einstein said it best. “I don’t know what weapons the 3rd world war will be fought with, but the one after it will be with sticks and stones.”

  9. I believe that the R-12 was the rocket that was sent to Cuba 50 years ago and brought us to the edge of nuclear war. I was in high school at the time and thought that each day would be our last.
    The “Satan” missile’s main warhead was allegedly 25-50 megatons but there were MIRVs as well.

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