Massive Drone Attack on Russia: Five Regions Targeted, Russians Release Details

In a night that saw the skies over Russia light up, multiple drones, allegedly deployed by Ukraine, launched a coordinated attack over several regions in Russia

by Faruk Imamovic
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Massive Drone Attack on Russia: Five Regions Targeted, Russians Release Details
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In a night that saw the skies over Russia light up, multiple drones, allegedly deployed by Ukraine, launched a coordinated attack over several regions in Russia. These incidents, which ranged from fires breaking out to swift interceptions by the Russian air defenses, raise questions about the escalating tensions in the region.

The Scale and Spread of the Attack

The Pskov region was among the hardest hit, with a fire ensuing after the drone strike.

During this blaze, several Il-76 military transport aircraft were damaged, a blow to Russia's military arsenal. According to TASS, the nation's official news agency, other drones faced swift retaliation, getting shot down by Russian air defenses.

The immediate claim was that these drones hailed from Ukraine, a point that would undoubtedly add more fuel to the fire of their strained relations. In a span of mere hours, the Bryansk border area saw three of these drones being intercepted and destroyed.

Oryol, situated about 200 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, wasn't spared either, witnessing at least one drone's takedown. Further incidents were reported in the Kaluga region, southwest of Moscow, and in the Ryazan region where two drones were intercepted in the early hours.

The audacity of the attacks was further underlined when Moscow Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, announced an enemy drone heading towards Moscow was shot down. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties or significant damages.

The Sevastopol Naval Skirmish

In a striking turn of events, the Bay of Sevastopol wasn’t spared either.

Naval drones made their presence felt in an attack that was subsequently repelled by Russian forces. This adds a naval dimension to an already complex aerial situation.

Pskov Airport Comes Under Siege

The Pskov airport experienced direct repercussions of the drone attack.

Russian media outlets stated that there were no casualties, but the assault's aftermath has led to the immediate suspension of all flights from the region. The gravity of the situation was underlined when an Il-76 military transport aircraft went up in flames.

It took 21 technical units and a crew of 65 to douse the raging fire.

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