Ukraine attacks with drones a Russian aviation center

Recently, Kyiv has intensified attacks inside Russian territory, targeting military facilities and energy infrastructure that contribute to Moscow’s war effort.

Drone with the symbol of Ukraine behind.
Photo courtesy: ВАДИМ ЧУПРИНА

Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR) drones attacked during the early hours of this morning a Russian aviation training and repair center located in the Russian city of Borisoglebsk, in the Voronezh region of western Russia, according to an anonymous source from the GUR speaking to Reuters and the digital newspaper Kyiv Independent.

Closed-circuit television images obtained by Reuters showed the explosion that occurred on Tuesday. Reuters was able to confirm the location by the buildings, poles, and the layout of the road seen in the video, which matched the street view and satellite images.

The Russian Telegram channel Astra, which daily reports on the course of the war in Ukraine, had previously reported an attack with two drones that caused damage to a building in the infrastructure.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that two unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down over the region.

Recently, Kyiv has intensified attacks inside Russian territory, targeting military facilities and energy infrastructure that contribute to Moscow’s war effort.

The Ukrainian Army and intelligence services have developed, in collaboration with the private sector, unmanned aerial vehicles capable of reaching distant targets to carry out these types of actions.

The Ukrainian attacks in recent weeks were particularly aimed at refineries and oil depots, although they sometimes also targeted urban centers. In Belgorod, bombings left more than 26 dead in a month and close to 200 wounded.

Ukrainian forces are at a disadvantage compared to Russian forces in areas such as ammunition, artillery systems, and manpower, and they attempt to compensate for this inferiority with asymmetric warfare actions such as these drone attacks.

Additionally, Russian opponents based in Ukraine have been launching cross-border attacks.

Ukraine generally does not directly comment on attacks in Russian territory. However, its authorities state that all military action there is a direct consequence of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine when Russian forces launched their large-scale invasion in February 2022.

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