Three killed in Ukrainian assaults on airfields inside Russia – MOD


A Ukrainian drone strike on two Russian airbases within the Ryazan and Saratov areas has resulted within the deaths of three service members and minor injury to 2 airplanes, the Russian Defense Ministry mentioned on Monday.

Various “Soviet-made” jet drones, flying at low altitude, focused the long-range strategic aviation property on the Dyagilevo airfield in Ryazan Region and Engels airfield in Saratov Region, the ministry mentioned. While they had been detected and shot down by air defenses, the particles impacted the airfields “slightly” damaging two plane.

Three service members had been “fatally injured” whereas 4 extra had been taken to army hospitals for therapy.

The “terrorist act” did nothing to disrupt the work of Russian strategic aviation, the ministry added, noting {that a} “massive strike” was carried out towards Ukrainian power, protection trade, communication and army command facilities on Monday afternoon native time. The strikes efficiently disrupted the rail transport of Ukrainian troops, foreign-supplied weapons, tools and ammunition to the entrance strains.

“All 17 assigned objectives were hit,” the ministry acknowledged.

Ukrainian drones have beforehand attacked the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol and focused the Russian navy in Crimea, however Monday’s assault reached deep inside Russia. The Dyagilevo airfield is greater than 500 km from Ukrainian-controlled territory, whereas Engels is about 700 km away.

RIA Novosti reported that each airfields had been extensively photographed over the weekend by satellites belonging to Maxar, a US-based personal firm.

According to army correspondent Aleksandr Kots, the assault was carried out by Tu-141 jet drones, initially developed in the united states within the 1970. One Ukrainian drone of the identical sort was concerned in an incident in March, when it one way or the other flew over Romania and Hungary undetected and crashed within the neighborhood of the Croatian capital Zagreb.

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