Numerous videos were shared on social media today showing “unusual footprints in the sky” over St Petersburg. The mysterious trails in the sky above the major Russian city sparked panic and speculation of an ‘air defence launch’. This comes as President Vladimir Putin continues to ratchet up the war in Ukraine after he announced a ‘partial mobilisation’ of Russians this week.
The panic among those who shared the videos points to rising tension within Russia.
Dozens of videos of the mysterious scene in the sky above St Petersburg were shared from different angles across the city.
@IntelCrab raised concern after tweeting that “numerous videos are coming in now of some sort of air-defense launch in St. Petersburg, Russia…”
The account shared a clip posted by one Ukrainian-based user, who simply tweeted: “Air defense in St. Petersburg ???”
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@Sprinter88000 remarked: “Strange footprints appeared in the evening sky over St. Petersburg. What it is is still unknown. Very similar to the contrail from rockets.”
@JayinKyiv tweeted: “St Petersburg late to the party but not to be left out of Russia’s implosion. Air defenses firing at something or nothing.”
OsintTv, which monitors the conflict in Ukraine, posted several videos of the “unusual footprints reported in the sky of St Petersburg”.
@WarInUkraineYet remarked that the ‘launch’ was “probably either equipment malfunction or an operator mistake”.