Russian Soyuz-U Launches Classified Military Satellite

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A Russian Soyuz-U rocket launched May 17 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia carrying a classified military payload, according to a statement on the Russian space agency’s website.

“The launch has been carried out to expand the cluster of Russian military satellites in orbit,” Col. Alexey Zolutukhin, a Russian Space Forces spokesman, told Russia’s RIA Novosti state-run news agency.