Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Blasts Hit Russian Air Bases, Moscow Launches Missile Barrage on Ukraine; Video Captures Russian Bombers Exploding in Ukrainian Drone Strike; Ukrainian Attack Drone Passes a Number of Tests; Ukraine Repels Russian Attacks Near 17 Settlements in Luhansk, Donetsk Oblasts, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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WSJ: Blasts Hit Russian Air Bases, Moscow Launches Missile Barrage on Ukraine
Ukrainian drones hit two Russian air bases on Monday, Russia’s defense ministry said, while Ukrainian officials hinted at a capability to strike deeper within Russian territory and Moscow launched a major barrage of missiles at Ukrainian cities.
The defense ministry said three Russian servicemen were killed and four were wounded in attacks by Soviet-era drones on the two bases, one in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow, and one in Russia’s Saratov region.
The Engels air base in Saratov, a hub for Russia’s fleet of strategic bombers, has been used to launch air raids and missile strikes on Ukraine. Russia has used the long-range aircraft stationed at the base to fire cruise missiles at Ukraine, military analysts say. The bombers are also capable of carrying nuclear weapons, forming part of Russia’s triad of nuclear forces along with land-based and submarine-launched nuclear missiles.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions, and Ukrainian officials on Monday made only oblique references to the explosions at the Russian air bases, as they have with past strikes inside Russia.
“If something is launched into other countries’ airspace, sooner or later unknown flying objects will return to departure point,” Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said in a tweet.
Ukraine hasn’t formally acknowledged past strikes inside Russia’s borders, choosing to maintain a cloud of ambiguity around such attacks.
There is no evidence that U.S.-provided weaponry was used in the strikes. The U.S. since June has supplied Ukrainian forces with 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers, or Himars, and a large inventory of satellite-guided rockets with a range of almost 50 miles. Those rockets, known as the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, have been used to strike Russian ammunition depots, logistics supplies and command centers on Ukrainian territory. --->READ MORE HERE
Video captures Russian bombers exploding in Ukrainian drone strike:
Dramatic video captured the moment two Russian nuclear bombers were reportedly blown up in a suspected Ukrainian drone attack at a military airfield on Monday.
The black-and-white footage obtained by East2West News shows a bright flash at the Engels-1 airbase in the Saratov area of Russia.
Two service members were wounded in the attack on the two vintage Tupolev Tu-95 planes — four-engine turboprop strategic bombers, which were introduced in 1952, the Astra Telegram news channel reported, citing unnamed sources.
There were no reports of nuclear contamination in the strike on the planes, known as Bears, some 460 miles from the Ukrainian border.
The blast set off car alarms at least six miles from the site, the Kyiv Post reported.
Saratov Gov. Roman Busargin confirmed in a statement that an explosion had taken place in Engels.
“I want to assure you … there are no reasons to worry. No part of the civilian infrastructure has suffered damage,” he said.
Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat confirmed that the two bombers at Engels had been damaged and that Russian personnel were killed, the Kyiv Post said. --->READ MORE HERE
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