Two glowing balls were seen lighting up the midnight sky over the west of the ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
The eerie UFO crashed near the village of Bostandyk some 1,000ft from the Zhalpakatal-Karasu highway, say police.
The object “exploded” on landing - causing local houses to “tremble” and igniting a blaze on the parched steppe destroying bushes and grass covering 100 hectares.
One witness said: “The UFO material does not look like metal. It is soft like fabric.”
The photo basically shows what it is:
A bolted ring is a common feature on spaceships and rockets, as it provides a very strong seal with no corners. This one is reminiscent of another UFO that turned out to be a bit of a Chinese rocket:
Another picture from that case should ring some bells with the current one:
Notice here the criss-crossing fibers, just like in the Russian case.
So what we have here looks like a human made carbon-fiber composite fuel tank - a high pressure container for liquid gas like hydrogen or oxygen. This is probably the top (i.e. the end opposite the nozzle)