January 28, 2023
Russia's strategic missile carrier Tu-160 at the Engels airfield in Saratov region. © Sputnik / Russia's Defense Ministry

Ukrainian Drone Kills Three

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Debris from intercepted drone over airbase kills three Russian Aerospace Forces technicians as FSB neutralise several Ukrainian saboteurs trying to enter Russia

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

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

Several Ukrainian saboteurs were intercepted on Sunday while trying to enter Russia, according to the FSB security service. Four members of the group were killed in a firefight, the agency said.

The FSB claimed the saboteurs were armed with submachine guns produced by the German firm SIG Sauer, and carried “communication and navigation equipment and means for conducting acts of sabotage and terrorism.” The group also had in its possession four improvised explosive devices with a combined yield equivalent to 40 kg of TNT, the statement added.

The agency released graphic footage, purportedly from the scene of the firefight. It showed several, apparently lifeless, bodies in winter camouflage, with weapons lying on or next to them. At least some of the fighters were armed with carbines rather than SMGs, according to the video.

The Bryansk Region is one of several in Russia operating under a ‘yellow’ terrorist threat alert, the second-highest on Russia’s three-level color scale, due to its proximity to Ukraine.

Since November, eight federal subjects of Russia, including the Bryansk Region, have been living under special law enforcement conditions, which grant their leaders additional authority. For example, they can restrict access to the provinces or order evacuation from places that they deem unsafe.

Source Reuters/RT

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