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SS-21 can carry chemical, nuclear warheads or conventional explosives
Here is one of their bombs," the old woman says, pausing on a patch of scorched grass before a crushed grey metal tube the size of large dustbin. She is almost right about the massive chunk of metal that crashed into her neighbourhood.

 But this however was no mere bomb.

As pictures of the object taken at the time and later shown in Tbilisi to a weapons analyst at Human Rights Watch confirm, the "bomb" in Jujuna's backyard is in fact part of a Russian SS-21 ballistic missile.

Carrying a high explosive warhead weighing up to 1060lbs with a range of between 43 to 75 miles and accurate to 150 metres, the SS-21 is a precise and powerful battlefield weapon.

During the course of the fighting in the last two weeks Russia is said to have fired at least two dozen of these missiles into Georgia, which are capable of carrying not only conventional explosives but chemical or nuclear warheads.

In the last few days, US defence officials monitoring the situation in Georgia have said there is evidence that Russia has moved yet more SS-21s into South Ossetia since fighting there halted.