Russia has been rocked by “the biggest ever drone attack on Russian soil” as waves of the drones attacked multiple regions in the early hours of Wednesday.
Drones hit an airport in the Pskov Oblast leaving the airport closed and in the attack four military planes were destroyed.
Four-engine turbofan strategic transport planes which deliver heavy machinery were destroyed in the drone attack.
Pskov Governor Mikhail Vedernikov said, “The defence ministry is repelling a drone attack on Pskov’s airport.”
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Tass news agency reported that between 10 and 20 drones attacked the airport and Moscow’s Vnukovo airport has been closed.
Drones were reported to have been shot down over Moscow, Kaluga, Ryazan, Oryol and Bryansk, and officials in Crimea also reported drones targeting the port city of Sevastopol were repelled.
Moment of explosion at Russia’a Pskov Airport. pic.twitter.com/FyK6MwVVPV
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Moscow’s Mayor said this was a “mass” attack and a former NATO official has said that this demonstrated that “Russia has lost the initiative and the ability to shape events in every domain.”
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Telegram, “Tonight, an attempt was made to mass attack drones in the Central Federal District.
One of the UAVs heading for Moscow was destroyed by air defense forces in the Ruzsky district. There were no preliminary casualties and no damage.”
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Former NATO official Edward Hunter-Christie said these attacks prove “the air war is now genuinely mutual.”
He wrote on Twitter, “It is a long night. But to think that the air war is now genuinely mutual, and on the Ukrainian side based solely on Ukrainian-made systems, is extraordinary.
“Russia has lost the initiative and the ability to shape events in every domain. Ukraine is gaining both, in all domains.”
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Serhiy Popko, the head of Kyiv’s military administration, said in a statement on Telegram, “Kyiv has not experienced such a powerful attack since spring. The enemy launched a massive, combined attack using drones and missiles.”
He added, “All in all, the air defence forces destroyed more than 20 enemy targets.”
The Ukrainian capital was attacked overnight as explosions rocked Kyiv and at least two people were killed.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko reported that explosions had been heard across the Ukrainian capital and emergency services were attending scenes in Shevchenkivskyi district of the city.
Klitschko said on Telegram, “In the Darnytskyi district, debris fell on the roof of a commercial premises. In Shevchenkivskyi – also falling debris. All services follow in place. Medics went to calls at two addresses in Shevchenkivskyi district. Details – later.”