170 miles from Moscow, a kamikaze hit two Tu-22M bombers (Updated)

WASHINGTON — Russia is attacked on its territory. Media and several Twitter accounts claim that today, October 7th, a kamikaze drone exploded at the Shaikovka Air Force Base in Kaluga Oblast. According to The War Zone source, the drone hit two Tu-22M Backfire bombers. They cannot be recovered, sources say, in the US.

170 miles from Moscow, a kamikaze hit two Tu-22M Backfire bombers

The Shaykovka base is located 140 miles from the Ukrainian border and 170 miles from the Russian capital, Moscow. Sources claim that the attack was carried out by the Ukrainian armed forces. There is no information on the model of the kamikaze drone. Russia partially confirms the information, saying that the kamikaze drone came from the Ukrainian border.

At the same time, Russian media deny that the drone caused any damage. According to various Russian channels in Telegram, there was an attempt to attack the air base, but the drone was shot down over the base. Vladislav Shapsha, governor of Kaluga Oblast, says the drone did not cause any damage. Shapsha says the drone caused no infrastructure damage, there were no casualties among base personnel, and Moscow has launched an operational investigation into the incident.

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BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm the truth of any of the statements. However, Ukraine has proven in recent months that it can attack targets inside Russia. It is still freshly mentioned from the ammunition depot in Belgorod, which was blown up by the Ukrainian armed forces. Earlier, there was an attack by a Ukrainian helicopter on a refinery in the same region.

Update October 8, 7:45 a.m. EET

According to Kaluga Oblast Governor Vladislav Shapsha, an additional inspection was made to confirm or deny one of the many claims. He says on his Telegram channel that there are no destroyed bombers and no destroyed infrastructure. “The infrastructure and equipment of the airport were not damaged. The reports of damaged planes are completely false,” says Shapsha. The Pentagon also did not comment, but not on this incident, but in general on any issues related to Ukraine and the war.

There are satellite images that at this stage show no damage to the base or aircraft. But the pictures also show a darkened section due to clouds. I.e. the second set of photos should show the full picture of the air base and say whether or not there is any destruction.

170 miles from Moscow, a kamikaze hit two Tu-22M Backfire bombers
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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

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On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.


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