In a recent development amid the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict, a Ukrainian drone carried out a targeted strike on a military airbase situated deep inside Russia. The attack resulted in a fire and inflicted damage to a warplane, according to Russia’s Defence Ministry.
Details of the Attack:
The military airfield, located in Russia’s Novgorod region, experienced a drone strike, causing a fire to break out in the parking area of the aircraft. However, the fire was promptly extinguished, and no casualties were reported. The Novgorod region, positioned northwest of Moscow, is a considerable distance away from Russia’s border with Ukraine.
The Defence Ministry released a statement outlining the incident: “As a result of the terrorist attack on the territory of the airfield, a fire broke out in the parking lot of aircraft, which was quickly eliminated by firefighters. One aircraft was damaged.”
Escalating Drone Activity:
Instances of drone strikes within Russian territory have been on the rise in recent months. In a similar incident, a drone crashed into a building in central Moscow after being intercepted by Russian air defenses. This disruption led to the suspension of air traffic at all civilian airports within the Russian capital.
Moreover, the Defence Ministry revealed that Russia’s air defense forces successfully intercepted a Ukrainian missile over the Crimean peninsula earlier on the same day.
Chernihiv Attack Casualties:
Meanwhile, the conflict’s toll continues to mount, with a Russian missile attack targeting the center of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine. Reports indicate that 110 people have been wounded, and seven individuals have lost their lives in the attack. Oleksandr Lomako, the acting mayor of Chernihiv, conveyed the grim news through a statement on Telegram.
Putin’s Unusual Move:
Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual move by paying a visit to the commander of the Kremlin’s operations in Ukraine and other high-ranking generals. The Kremlin confirmed that Putin held a meeting at the headquarters of the special military operation group in Rostov-on-Don, a town located in southern Russia. The Russian leader received briefings from key military personnel, including Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
Counter-Claims of Drone Attack:
Amid these developments, the Russian army countered with a claim that it had thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack aimed at Moscow and its surrounding areas. According to the Russian military, the drone was detected and subsequently crashed in a deserted area near the village of Putilkovo, causing no damage.
International Involvement and Fallout:
The conflict’s impact is not limited to the immediate region, as global players are becoming increasingly intertwined. A Telegraph investigation revealed that China has been supplying Russia with weaponry, including helicopters, drones, and strategic metals. This comes at a time when China is positioning itself as a peace broker in talks aimed at resolving the conflict.
Continued Aerial Assault:
In another night of escalation, Russia launched a barrage of 17 drones targeting various regions in Ukraine, including the north, central, and west. Ukraine’s Air Force reported that 15 of these drones were successfully intercepted and destroyed. However, the fate of the remaining two drones remains unknown.
As the conflict persists, uncertainty and concern continue to grow, with both nations locked in a dangerous and evolving struggle for control.