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Declassified UFO Report Documents ‘Green Circular Object’ Over Soviet Missile Range


Article by Andrew Whalen                         January 10, 2020                      (newsweek.com)

• In the summer of 1973, a Soviet source was working at the Soviet Union’s Sary Shagan Weapons Testing Range in present-day Kazakhstan. Also known as “Site 7”, the base was the headquarters for the “warhead checkout unit” with a garrison of Soviet Air Force personnel stationed there. That evening, the source stepped outside “for some air”, looked up and saw a “green circular object or mass in the sky.” The sky was clear with no clouds, and there was no sound. In a matter of minutes, the green circle widened and several green concentric circles formed around the center mass. Then the green mass disappeared.

• The CIA made note of this Cold War-era intelligence at the time. In 1978 the CIA released a heavily redacted, one paragraph version of the full intelligence report detailing the UFO sighting. Recently, John Greenewald of The Black Vault requested a Mandatory Declassification Review of the document and received a more detailed declassified CIA intelligence report on the incident, including rough maps of the facilities, the command hierarchy and personnel estimates. Weapons tested at the facility included experimental missiles, possible laser weapons, and warheads with cartridges loaded with hundreds of metal balls.

• Greenewald drew a parallel between Cold War-era sightings and modern UAP encounters documented by the U.S. Department of Defense. “This is very much similar to the context we see today, with threats on military facilities,” Greenewald told Newsweek in a telephone interview. A May 2019 Newsweek article (see here), first reported by Politico and The Washington Post, revealed that UAPs intrude upon military airspace as often as several times per month.


An intelligence report newly declassified by the CIA sheds new light on a nearly 50-year-old UFO mystery, revealing details gathered from an experimental missile range in present-day Kazakhstan.

The report not only includes unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), but rumored Cold War “laser weapons.”

The UFO sighting took place in 1973 and was first revealed to the public in an “Intelligence Information Report” released by the CIA in 1978. Heavily redacted, the declassified version of the document contains only a single paragraph, detailing an encounter with a UFO at a location called “Site 7.”

The UFO encounter took place in the summer, when the sighting’s source “stepped outside for some air,” taking a break from watching a Canada vs. USSR sports match on TV. It was evening, and the source saw above “an unidentified sharp (bright) green circular object or mass in the sky.”

The UFO spotter believed the object was hovering above the cloud level, though it was a clear sky at the time of the sighting. The source was not, however, able to estimate the object’s diameter.

The sighting got weirder from there: “Within 10 to 15 seconds of observation, the green circle widened and within a brief period of time several green concentric circles formed around the mass. Within minutes the coloring disappeared. There was no sound, such as an explosion, associated with the phenomenon,” the document says.



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