Published: 1:12 AM 5/30/2015
... it then splits into two and then three or more separate objects.
By Jon Austin
BIZARRE footage of a 'UFO' in Russia's night sky has sparked fears the country's leader Vladimir Putin has secretly ordered testing of long-range missiles.
Either that or aliens really are here on Earth, according to one online viewer who said it was "the wierdest UFO recording I have ever seen."
The video, posted online, shows a bright object leaving an enormous, marrow-shaped vapour trail, which then slow rises into the sky.
Astonished locals filmed the unexplained event for more than five minutes near Kizel, in Russia's Perm region, in March.
After the mystery object rises higher and higher, it then splits into two and then three or more separate objects, which begin darting about in the dark sky.
Posting on community news website Reddit, a number of commenters have speculated the video is footage of a Russian missile test launch, citing specific types of weaponry with similar trails - including the Cold War-era Topol M intercontinental ballistic missile.
Another Reddit user suggested it could be footage of the Inmarsat 5-F2 Comsat rocket that was launched on March 18 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to take British-made satellites into space.
However, as well as the launch site of the Russian space rocket being 1,180 miles from where the video was filmed, the footage was also posted to Reddit on March 11 – a week before the rocket's launch.