Ukrainian Intelligence: Saboteurs destroy Russian military aircraft near Moscow

According to reports from the Ukrainian military intelligence service HUR, two aircraft and a helicopter were destroyed by saboteurs at a military airfield near Moscow.

The authority informed about an incident at the closely guarded Chkalovsky airfield, where explosives were attached to the aircraft, as the German news website reported. The explosion occurred last Monday, as reported in their Telegram channel. In the helicopter, a Mi-28, the tail section was damaged by the explosion. The exact damage to the two aircraft, an An-148 and an Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, was not specified by the HUR. It only stated that quick repairs were not expected. Another An-148, which was parked nearby, sustained minor damage.

All the damaged aircraft belong to the 354th Aviation Regiment, which was actively involved in drone combat around Moscow. Ukrainian intelligence has not yet officially confirmed the reported action, and Moscow has not yet officially confirmed the attack.

This information comes from a party to the conflict and has not yet been independently verified / confirmed. For this reason, the report must be evaluated with reservations. In war, it can be advantageous for parties to make false statements about the course of the conflict in order to strengthen their own position or weaken the position of the opponent.

Image:, Робоча поїздка Президента України на Запоріжжя 70, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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