The bombing campaign of Russia in Ukraine has certainly left a devastating blow to Ukrainians, with thousands of Ukrainian soldiers killed and hundreds of civilians shelled over the span of almost three weeks worth of fighting.

The total number of those killed by Russian bombs in Ukraine is difficult to confirm. However, it is safe to say that Russian bombardment campaigns have been non-stop since the start of the war. The most recent high-profile bombing was that of a Mariupol maternity hospital, which the Russian Federation tried to justify by saying it was full of Ukrainian soldiers.

One of the munitions Russia had been using throughout the fighting is the 9K720 Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system (otherwise known as the SS-26 Stone in the west). More specifically, they had been using the Iskander-M variant of the system that launches 9M723 ballistic missiles that were seen to be fired from mobile launchers.

These missiles are said to be powered by a solid-fuel rocket motor that enables the missile to have a range of over 300 miles, with a speed of around Mach 6-7, and can carry conventional warheads, submunition, earth-penetrator, thermobaric, and more notably, nuclear warheads. Each missile can reportedly carry a payload of over 1,500 pounds. There are reportedly 7 types of missiles for the Iskander, possibly even more. Each mobile launcher can fire up to two missiles before it must be reloaded. Other variants include the Iskander-E (9M720), Iskander-K which fires the (9M728) cruise missile. It is important to note that the Iskander-M is solely for Russia’s use and not available for export.

About 100 units of their missiles were launched into Ukraine during the first hours of the invasion last February 24.