Paris. – In just 48 hours, Vladimir Putin faces one of biggest humiliations since invading Ukraine, Thief Three consecutive attacks by home-made drones in central RussiaThe Kyiv government achieved three objectives: it demonstrated its ingenuity in circumventing military sanctions imposed by the United States, exposed the tremendous fragility of the Russian defense system, and warned the Kremlin that it was taking the war at its heart. ready to take. country, if it continues to attack its civilian population.
,A drone attack occurred in the area of the Kursk airfield (Russian territory bordering Ukraine). A fire broke out in an oil depot. There are no victims,” the region’s governor, Roman Starovoit, said this morning.
two locations in Russia on Monday where they park planes In return the Kremlin’s strategic fleet was targeted by explosive-laden Ukrainian dronesAccording to Moscow, at least three soldiers were killed. Kyiv did not claim responsibility for any of these actions.
According to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, Diaghilev airbase in the Ryazan region, near Saratov, and Engels airbase, located 750 and 500 kilometers respectively from the border – and less than 200 kilometers east of Moscow – were targeted. was located on Monday Ukrainian drone,
Trying to hide the inability of its anti-aircraft defense to stop Ukrainian incursions into its territory, the text states that “the jet drones were intercepted by Russian anti-aircraft defense systems” and that their remnants were attacking targets. Fell within the radius of, causing the explosion. It said that, in Engels, one drone would have fallen on the runway, but in Diaguilevo, another would have fallen on a tanker truck that exploded, killing three soldiers, injuring four others and causing “slight” damage to two aircraft.
Kyiv did not officially confirm its responsibility for those attacks, although Mykhaylo Podolić, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zalesky, used Twitter to ironically: “If one often objects flying in other countries’ airspace quickly or Later launches, those unidentified flying objects return the starting point”.
According to Ukrainian media, the two aircraft damaged at the Engels base are Tu-95 bombers. It is from this base, which was put on alert on 1 December, that Russian planes take off to bomb Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Satellite images created by Maxar Technologies and Planet Labs showed two dozen strategic bombers – capable of carrying nuclear bombs – lined up on the runway, as well as the X-55 and X-101 cruise missile carriers.
Although their results were not of magnitude, the impact of these attacks was both technical and political. According to the models, The Bayraktar drones used by Ukraine can only fly between 150 and 360 kilometers. But, last October, Ukrainian manufacturer Ukroboronprom announced its intention to build a drone capable of striking down some 1,000 kilometers inside Russian territory.
“We are not preventing Ukraine from developing its weapons”Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said.
Russian war correspondents posted their concerns online on Monday. “It is clear that there is no strategic facility left in Russia that can be considered completely secure”wrote Alexander Kots of the daily Komsomolsky Pravda.
This is not the first time that Ukrainian-made drones have managed to fool Russian air defenses. On July 31, a drone-dropped bomb exploded at the compound of the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea. On 9 August, two explosions devastated the Saki airbase, still on that annexed peninsula, which was used to bomb Ukraine. According to satellite images, at least eight military aircraft were damaged. Finally, on 8 October, the bridge connecting the peninsula to Russian territory through the Kerch Strait was seriously damaged by a powerful explosion from a truck-bomb armed with Ukrainian secret services, according to Russian officials.
but beyond the display of technical ingenuity displayed by the Ukrainians, andThe attacks, which took place just 200 kilometers from Moscow, show that Kyiv is not always willing to follow the recommendations of its main ally, the United States – in moderation.which refuses to provide it with long-range weapons that could threaten NATO’s declared military neutrality.
“In any case, no one can accuse Ukraine of starting a war against Russia. These attacks are an act of legitimate defense, taking into account that the planes that bombed the power plants were flying from these bases. leaving the civilian population without water and light in the middle of winter, ”says French general Dominique Trinquant.
until this tuesday night Moscow did not respond militarily to the attacks, However, experts expected a new barrage of missiles on the civilian population, as has happened in recent weeks. And while Ukrainian air defenses manage to intercept about 70% of those missiles, the massive attack against Kyiv on 23 November affected essential structures that are still causing power cuts and water shortages today.
big question, How long will Moscow have the missiles, given that Western sanctions have crippled its arms industry?
Since the start of the war, Russia has fired more than 4,000 missiles, which cost about three million dollars per unit. According to the British Ministry of Defence, Moscow is suffering from a real missile shortage. In a report in late November, London claimed Russia is now firing cruise missiles at its neighbours, who have been stripped of their nuclear weapons since the 1980s.