Donald Trump says an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile accidentally blew up in Russia, and here’s why experts say he’s right

On August 8, two soldiers and five staff from a nuclear research center in Sarov died in an explosion in the Arkhangelsk region while testing some of Russia’s latest “hardware.” Since the blast, monitors have recorded raised levels of background radiation in the area, and part of the White Sea has been closed to shipping. The United States has announced openly that the accident occurred when testing an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile called ”Skyfall” (known as “Burevestnik,” or “Thunderbird,” in Russia). Vladimir Putin unveiled this new weapon to the world in a national speech, roughly a year ago. Meduza reviews what we know about this missile, and why experts believe this is what blew up last week in Russia.