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Analysts Say Ukraine Using Drones to Strike Targets Deep Within Russia; Russians Reduce Presence of Strategic Aircraft at Engels Base; Supporting Ukraine Now Means a Safer Future for the US; UKR Troops Already Liberate Almost 1,900 Settlements, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukraine using drones to strike targets deep within Russia, analysts say:
One of the main operating bases for Russia’s strategic bomber fleet was attacked on Dec. 26 in an apparent drone strike. British military officials said it was the second such attack on the Engels air base within the past three weeks.
The base is located near the Russian city of Saratov, 500 miles southeast of Moscow.
The drone was shot down by local air defense forces, Roman Busargin, the regional governor, wrote on his Telegram social media page.
“As a result of falling fragments, the fence of a private house, a car and a garage were damaged,” Mr. Busargin said. “There were no other damages. People were not hurt.”
A similar attack occurred on Dec. 5 when explosions rocked the air base after a drone strike on bombers that the Kremlin has used in its attempt to cripple Ukraine’s power grid.
According to media reports, at least one Tu-95 was damaged in the Dec. 5 strike. It was the type of plane that has taken part in Russian missile strikes against Ukraine. --->READ MORE HERE
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Russians reduce presence of strategic aircraft at Engels base – satellite imagery
Russians were forced to significantly reduce their long-range aviation activity at Engels after explosions at the local airfield, according to satellite imagery, The Drive portal reported on Dec. 29.
“New satellite imagery of Engels Air Base, located deep within Russia, from December 29 shows that repeated Ukrainian attempts to strike the air base, as well as the arrival of cold weather conditions, appears to have led to a significant reduction in activity. Only 11 bombers are present, down from 26 on Nov. 29,” the assessment said.
“Recent snowfall at Engels also betrays the inactivity of some aircraft. While five Tu-95 Bears are visibly de-iced and parked on cleared aprons and taxiways, four others remain covered in snow. The two remaining Tu-160 Blackjack bombers appear covered in snow as well, though at least one of them shows signs of having its apron cleared of snow possibly to provide safe access to the taxiways. No clear damage is observed following alleged Ukrainian attacks against the facility on Dec. 26 and 29, but between reducing aircraft presence and installing new protective barriers, it appears Russia is trying to mitigate the persistent threat against its bombers deployed to the base,” The Drive wrote.
The Russians have used both types of aircraft in the war against Ukraine, especially in recent months, when they intensified their attacks on the energy infrastructure. However, these six bombers may now be unserviceable or have technical problems. --->READ MORE HERE
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