UFOs At Soviet & US Nuclear Weapons Sites
By Robert Hastings
Persons familiar with my work know that I investigate nuclear weapons-related
UFO activity. Over the past 37 years, I have interviewed more than
120 former or retired U.S. military personnel who were involved in
UFO incidents at nuclear missile sites, weapons storage depots, strategic
bomber bases, or atmospheric test sites in Nevada and the Pacific.
Many of my findings are available at my website, http://www.ufohastings.com.
A more comprehensive summary may be found in my 600-page book UFOs
and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, a number of ex-Soviet
Army personnel came forward and began discussing their involvement
in similar incidents in that country during the Cold War era. One
of those events occurred on October 4, 1982, near the Ukrainian town
of Byelokoroviche, when a disc-shaped UFO apparently hovered over
a nuclear missile base for an extended period. At one point during
the encounter, a number of nuclear missiles suddenly activated-without
authorization from Moscow or any action being taken by the missile
launch officers-and were preparing to launch! Had they done so, World
War III would have very probably been underway. Fortunately, after
15 seconds, the anomalous activation ceased and the missiles returned
to stand-by status. A subsequent investigation by the Soviet government
discovered no equipment malfunctions that would have explained the
This incident was first publicized in October 1994, on the American
ABC News program Prime Time Live (which unethically used KGB documents
and source leads provided to its producers by KLAS-TV reporter George
Knapp, without crediting his contributions). A transcript of that
program may be found here.
More recently, on June 16, 2010, a large-circulation Russian newspaper,
Life, published an article about the case, which may be found at http://zhizn.ru/articles/show/192.
A badly-mangled English translation of the article, courtesy of Google,
is also available.
One of the paper's reporters, Inessa Kornienko, interviewed hitherto
unidentified witnesses who provided additional details about the incident.
While preparing the article, Kornienko contacted me and asked if I
were aware of the case. I told her that not only did I know about
it, I had once interviewed a former U.S. Air Force nuclear missile
launch officer, David H. Schuur, who had described a very similar
event at Minot AFB, North Dakota, in the mid-1960s. A verbatim summary
of Schuur's revelations may be found here.
Kornienko incorporated some of my remarks in the Life article, and
noted the obvious similarity between the two cases. Because Google's
Russian-to-English translation is so torturous, and thoroughly incomprehensible
at times, I asked the reporter for a few clarifications, which she
provided, so that a more user-friendly translation might be achieved.
The result follows here.
The Life Article:
UFO Hacked Nuclear Codes
Russia and the USA were on the brink of nuclear war because of UFO
attacks on military bases where nuclear missiles were on alert.
Sensational documents and other evidence confirm that the Soviet military
base near Byelokoroviche, Ukraine, and the U.S. Air Force base near
Minot, North Dakota, were attacked by aliens from space. Hovering
over the missiles, [in each incident,] a UFO in a matter of seconds
hacked the codes required to launch them, nearly unleashing a Third
World War. Journalists working for Life found revealing documents
about [the Ukrainian incident] and located eyewitnesses to the alien
For a 20-year-old radio operator, Vladimir Matveyev, assigned to the
50th Missile Division RVSN, Carpathian Military District, October
4, 1982 was a day that he will remember for the rest of his life.
In the evening, he and a thousand soldiers and officers saw a UFO
for almost an hour, as it hovered over the R-12 missile silos. "It
was unbelievable. Approximately one-and-a-half kilometers from us
hovered an elliptical-shaped object," the former rocketeer excitedly
told Life. "The dimensions of the UFO shocked us-as large as
a five-story house! Barely-visible lights flew up to the object. The
guys [and I] were on our way to dinner when we all saw it! The UFO
continued to hover, slowly moving to the left, as if drifting. One
officer tried to get closer to it in a car but the UFO flew away.
At this time all of the missile launchers malfunctioned. The UFO [also]
blocked radio signal reception in the bunker. We heard only complete
silence, which we could not understand, because this had never happened
before. We were [later] told that the radio equipment was burnt!"
In his official statement on the incident, Major Michael Katzman,
who was responsible for the missiles' guidance systems, reported that
the computer equipment and security systems had been disabled by a
powerful [electromagnetic] pulse. He wrote that all of the control
panels had [suddenly] lit up, indicating the missiles were preparing
to launch toward their strategic targets.
Former TsSBUiS [missile division] Chief Yuri Zolotukhin told a Life
journalist, "I too was a witness to these events and also saw
the UFO, but could not reveal what had happened to the sensitive equipment
because I signed a non-disclosure document [designed to] protect state
secrets." These events happened in the underground bunker where
the missile control panels display the missiles' readiness status.
[During the incident] the panels lit up, indicating that the missiles
had gone to full combat readiness and were preparing to launch. [Ordinarily]
this is possible only after obtaining an order from Moscow. In this
case, it happened by itself. The officers on duty at their battle
stations were shocked. [Figuratively speaking,] their hair had turned
gray. They said that the information appearing on the control panels
indicated that all security measures designed to prevent an unauthorized
launch of the missiles had been hacked! Within just a few seconds,
the launch officers had lost control over their nuclear weapons. Immediately
after this occurred, the officers called Moscow. The reply they got
was that no order to launch had been issued. After 15 seconds, all
of the controls reset to the normal position.
[Former] rocketeer Vladimir Matveyev says, "A few days later,
a commission came to the base and interviewed the witnesses. The guys
gave them their drawings of the UFO. One of the officers swore on
his [Communist] Party membership that he wasn't drunk. A few days
later we were lined up [for our morning inspection by our officers]
and read an order from the Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Rocket
Forces, designated number R010, which said, 'If you see a UFO, do
not panic and do not shoot.' Then I realized why the officers who
had their finger 'on the button' looked so old and had gray hair."
A U.S. Air Force base in Minot, North Dakota, once experienced a similar
incident, this Life journalist was told by American UFO investigator,
60-year-old Robert Hastings. He is the author of research on UFO activity
at strategic nuclear facilities. Hastings personally spoke with a
[former] Intercontinental Ballistic Missile commander, [then] Lieutenant
David Schuur. "Schuur told me that in 1966 he was involved in
an event in which an Unidentified Flying Object repeatedly activated
[the launch sequence in his] missiles," says the ufologist. "Schuur
told me that his missile guards had informed him that a big bright
object was [moving from missile to missile]. When the UFO [hovered
over] a [given] missile, his control panel indicated that it was preparing
to launch. This meant that somehow it had received a launch authorization.
Every time that happened, Schuur had to manually enter a launch 'Inhibit'
command. The UFO seemed to be scanning the missiles [because various
other functions were temporarily activated as well]. The next day,
Schuur's commanders said that there was nothing to discuss."
END OF ONLINE ARTICLE
In the hardcopy (print) article that Life circulated within Russia
last week, additional material was published by the newspaper. Reporter/writer
Kornienko sent me that version of the article in both Russian and
Google-translated English. Among the comments appearing in it were
I think [the UFO] technology allows [their pilots] to launch our missiles.
However, they choose not to do so. Cases such as Byelokoroviche and
Minot [suggest] that aliens are trying to understand how these systems
work, and what they need to do in the event of war breaking out, to
stop the feuding children, i.e., us. I believe that the UFO [pilots],
by running the rockets' pre-launch countdown, learned how to stop