July 28, 1989
Location: Kapustin Yar, Russian Federation
1989, at a military base near the nuclear test site of
Kapustin Yar, members of two army units noticed a UFO
which hovered for hours over the arsenal of the base.
The KGB files contained the handwritten reports of the
sighting. It flew over the stores of the unit and moved
in the direction of the missile arsenal. When it hovered
over the arsenal, a bright ray appeared on its underside.
Drawing by Ensign Voloshin of UFO with beam seen over
a Russian missile base in
Kapustin Yar in July 1989. (credit: Hesemann)
Reconstruction of the event published in the Moscow magazine
Aura-Z. (credit: Hesemann)
KGB document on the Kapustin Yar case.
Michael Hesemann, 1998
case occurred on July 28, 1989, at a military base near
the nuclear test site of Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan
region (Caspian lowlands).
was about midnight when members of two army units noticed
a UFO which hovered for hours over the arsenal of the
base. The KGB files contained the handwritten reports
of the sighting, which 4 of the witnesses wrote after
being interrogated by agents of the KGB. The report does
not say what kind of missiles were in the arsenal, nor
whether there had been any nuclear warheads.
climbed up to the watchtower and watched the object at
a height of 18 feet. I could clearly make out a glaring
blinking signal, bright as a camera flash. The object
flew over the stores of the unit and moved in the direction
of the missile arsenal, about 1,000 feet away. It floated
at a height of only 60 feet above the depot. The UFO glowed
in a kind of phosphorescent green. It was a disc 12 to
15 feet in diameter with a semi-spherical dome on it."
the object was hovering above the arsenal, a bright ray
appeared on its underside where the light had been flashing
before, and drew 2 or 3 circles. Then the object moved
towards the railway station, still flashing. Soon, however,
it came back to the missile depot and hovered at a height
of 180-200 feet above it. Two hours after the start of
the sighting, the object flew in the direction of the
town Akhtubinsk and disappeared out of our sight,"
wrote the communications officer on duty, V. Voloshin.
the soldier G. Kulik added: "Near the object in
the sky, I saw a fireball which arose from the earth and
approached it. When the UFO moved towards me, I could
physically feel its approach. Then it shot off into the
sky. I saw an airplane that attempted to get close to
the object, but the object accelerated so fast that it
soon left the airplane behind."