The Kosmos-2393 satellite integrated in the Oko system, the space component of Russia's early warning system ceased to exist Saturday night, Interfax-AVN was told at the Vympel interstate joint-stock company, which is part of the Almaz-Antei air defense corporation.

"According to our knowledge, the satellite disintegrated entering the atmosphere somewhere above the Southern Hemisphere last night. Its debris could have reached the Earth in the Indian Ocean," a spokesperson said.

Vympel will shortly report more accurate data concerning the time when the satellite ceased to exist and where," he said.

The U.S. space control system confirmed the early reports from Vympel.

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