The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Navy have said that they inflicted a massive strike on the Saky air base in temporarily occupied Crimea overnight.
An informed source in the SBU told Interfax-Ukraine that a Neptune missiles were launched and hit Russia’s Saky airbase causing “serious damage.”
According to the source, there were at least twelve combat aircraft (Su-24 and Su-30) and a Pantsir air defense system at the air base.
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A training base for Mojaher drone operators was also deployed there and Russian forces use these drones for the coordination of their air raids in Ukraine as combat drones.
The source also said that “the strikes of the Security Service and the Navy reached their targets and caused serious damage to the occupiers’ hardware.
“To defeat the enemy, drones were used to overload Russia’s air defense system, after which Neptun missiles were fired.
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“Interestingly that even Russian Telegram channels confirm serious destructions and losses – they also report that at least 30 military personnel were killed.”
The SBU source added, that “‘bavovna’ (‘cotton’ – explosions in Russia and temporarily occupied territories) will bloom in Crimea even more – the occupiers cannot feel themselves safe in the occupied peninsula.”
The Security Service of Ukraine and Ukrainian Naval Forces launched a large-scale strike on Saki military airfield in occupied Crimea last night – Suspilne, citing sources in SSU.
At least 12 combat aircraft (Su-24 and Su-30) were at the airfield, as well as a Pantsir missile… pic.twitter.com/Sc728YoauQ
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Oleg Kryuchkov, an adviser to the Russian-installed head of the local administration Sergei Aksyonov claimed that all the Neptune missiles were shot down and that the Saky airbase was not hit in the attack.