Russia launched three military satellites on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.

The satellites were launched at 4:31 a.m. Moscow time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia, Defense Ministry spokesman for space affairs Col. Dmitri Zenin told the official RIA-Novosti news agency.

The Cosmos 2488, 2489 and 2490 satellites will be under the control of Defense Ministry ground stations.

A Rokot, a light launch vehicle based on the RS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (known as the SS-19 Stiletto to NATO) carried the satellites into orbit. EFE