Russia shoots down Ukrainian drone close to its Engels airbase


KYIV, Ukraine — The Russian army reported on Monday that it shot down a Ukrainian drone approaching an airbase deep inside Russia, the second time the airbase has been focused this month, elevating questions concerning the effectiveness of Russia’s air defenses if drones can fly that far into the nation.

Russia’s Protection Ministry mentioned the incident occurred within the early hours of Monday, and three servicemen have been killed by particles on the Engels airbase that homes the Tu-95 and Tu-160 nuclear-capable strategic bombers which have been concerned in launching strikes on Ukraine.

Engels is positioned in Russia’s Saratov area on the Volga river, greater than 600 kilometers (greater than 370 miles) east of the border with Ukraine.

No injury was inflicted on Russian plane, the ministry mentioned.

Ukrainian Air Power spokesperson Yurii Ihnat, chatting with Ukrainian tv on Monday, didn’t instantly acknowledge his nation’s involvement in Monday’s incident, however mentioned: “These are the consequences of Russian aggression.”

He added: “If the Russians thought that the war would not affect them in the deep rear, they were deeply mistaken”

Ukrainian officers have by no means confirmed sending drones into Russia. They’ve maintained ambiguity over earlier high-profile assaults, together with drone strikes on Russian army bases earlier this month.

On Dec. 5, unprecedented drone strikes on Engels and the Dyagilevo base within the Ryazan area in western Russia killed a complete of three servicemen and wounded 4 extra. The strikes on the airbases have been adopted by a large retaliatory missile barrage in Ukraine that struck houses and buildings and killed civilians.

In Ukraine, a minimum of 4 civilians have been wounded in Russian shelling of 5 areas within the nation’s southeast over the previous 24 hours, in keeping with the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential workplace, Kyrylo Tymoshenko. Total the depth of the shelling the night time from Sunday into Monday has been considerably decrease.

For the primary time in weeks, Russian forces didn’t shell the Dnipropetrovsk area, which borders the partially occupied southern areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, its governor, Valentyn Reznichenko, reported on Telegram.

“This is the third quiet night in 5.5 months since the Russians started shelling” the areas across the metropolis of Nikopol, Reznichenko wrote. Nikopol is positioned throughout the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, which is underneath management of the Russian forces.

Ukrainian-controlled areas of the neighboring Kherson area have been shelled 33 instances over the previous 24 hours, in keeping with Kherson’s Ukrainian Gov. Yaroslav Yanushevich. There have been no casualties.

On Sunday, Russian forces attacked the town of Kramatorsk, the place Ukrainian forces are headquartered. Three missiles hit an industrial facility and broken residential buildings, however no casualties have been reported, in keeping with the battlefield report from the Ukrainian presidency.

Within the partially occupied japanese Donetsk area, fierce battles proceed across the metropolis of Bakhmut, which Russian forces have been attempting to grab for weeks to consolidate their grip on Ukraine’s east.

Within the neighboring Luhansk area that it’s nearly solely underneath Moscow’s management, the Russian forces are “suffering huge losses and medical facilities are overwhelmed with wounded soldiers,” Luhansk’s Ukrainian governor, Serhiy Haidai, instructed Ukrainian tv Monday. The Russian military is redeploying paratroopers from the Kherson area to the world, Haidai mentioned.

On Saturday, a lethal assault on the town of Kherson, which was retaken by Kyiv’s forces final month, killed and wounded scores. Native residents are lining as much as donate blood for these wounded within the lethal assault, Gov. Yaroslav Yanushevich mentioned Monday.

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