Ukrainian UAVs may have hit dozens of Russian Su-34s in Rostov

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A recent incident surfaced on the night of April 4th, extending into the 5th, when Ukrainian drones launched an attack on military bases within Russia’s borders. To be specific, these drones are aimed at Russian airfields used by planes conducting airstrikes on Ukrainian territory. Numerous Ukrainian reports have corroborated this event.  

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This aggressive act was countered by the Russian Ministry of Defense, which stated that the country’s air defenses had successfully intercepted all the unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs] attacking various regions. For instance, one of the drones was caught in the act above the provinces of Saratov, Kursk, and Belgorod. Six more UAVs were intercepted over the territory of Krasnodar.  

The most substantial confrontation occurred over the Rostov region, with eyewitness reports validating the interception of 44 drones at once. The regional governor, Vasiliy Golubev, supported these reports by sharing a similar count – “more than 40”. However, it appears that all the drones may not have been intercepted, as suggested by Golubev’s statement indicating a local power facility suffered damage during the attack.

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Morozovsk Airport

Reports are surfacing that the Morovsk military airfield, which is primarily utilized by the Russian Federation for their Su-34 front-line bombers, has been subject to an attack. This is the very site from which anti-aircraft missiles are launched into Ukraine. These reports are also being substantiated by Ukrainian sources. 

Interestingly, numerous Russian activists have turned to social media to vent their frustrations, stating that multiple explosions could be heard during the attack. They further argue that Ukrainian sources recommend avoiding the vicinity of the military airport and related infrastructure altogether. 

OSINT analyst @MT_Anderson shared data on social media platform X [formerly known as Twitter], indicating that the Morozovsk airport had around 26 Su-34 units and an additional three Su-30/35 fighters as of April 4th. Upcoming satellite imagery could provide more clarity on the genuine impact of the attacks. Nonetheless, early indications suggest that a significant number of aircraft may have been damaged or destroyed, should the strikes have been successful. 

The tale of destruction continues as surveillance channels reported explosions in Eysk [located in the Krasnodar Territory] and Engels [located in the Saratov Region] on the night of April 5th. These areas also house enemy airfields. For instance, satellite images published by the monitoring channels indicated that there were eight Tu-95MS bombers, in addition to three Tu-160s and two Tu-134UBL/UBK aircraft, at the Engels-2 airfield as of March 29th.

Anticipated attacks

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We anticipate that Ukrainian drone strikes on airports housing the Russian Federation’s combat planes are on the horizon. Just a short while ago, BulgarianMilitary.com warned of a potential scenario of this nature. 

This speculation is based on the fact that Ukraine is in the process of, or has already, developed a strike drone known as the Bayraktar-TB2, capable of carrying cruise missiles. Particularly impressive about this drone is its extensive range – it can cover almost 2,000 miles. Because of this, even bases like Murmansk in the Arctic, from where Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers journey to carry out their missions in Ukraine, could become potential targets.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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