Three killed in Ukrainian drone attack on Russian airfield – MoD

Monday - 26/12/2022 07:33 Author: Editors Desk Source: RT
Three Russian serviceman were killed by debris from a destroyed UAV, the Defense Ministry says
Russia's strategic missile carrier Tu-160 at the Engels airfield in Saratov region. ©  Sputnik / Russia's Defense Ministry
Russia's strategic missile carrier Tu-160 at the Engels airfield in Saratov region. © Sputnik / Russia's Defense Ministry

Ukraine targeted the Engels airfield in Russia’s Saratov Region with a drone early on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The UAV, traveling at a low altitude, was shot down by the base’s air defenses, but three servicemen suffered fatal wounds from the falling debris, the ministry said. The men who died were technical staff, and none of the aircraft stationed at the airfield were damaged in the incident, the statement said.

The Saratov Region is located deep inside Russia, some 900 km from the Kiev-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

On December 5, Ukraine attempted similar drone attacks on the Engels facility and the Dyagilevo airfield in Russia’s Ryazan Region. According to the Defense Ministry, the “Soviet-made” jet drones used in the strikes were destroyed by air-defenses, but their debris ended up killing three service personnel and “slightly” damaging two aircraft.

The bases Engels and Dyagilevo bases host Russia’s long-range bombers, involved in strikes on Ukrainian military facilities and energy infrastructure.

 


 
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