Tuesday night’s drone attack on the Pskov airbase in western Russia hit its target. Satellite images confirm that some of the military aircraft stationed at Pskov were hit and put out of service.
Satellite images show that two IL-76 transport planes were damaged in the upper part of the fuselage.
The Kyiv Post cites Ukrainian intelligence services as saying that four IL-76s were destroyed in the attack and others were damaged.
Anatoli Hrapcinski, an aviation expert, told Radio Europa Liberă that the images show damage to the planes and the airport runway, a sign that the drones also tried to hit the fuel tanks near the aircraft.
He says that from the looks of the damaged planes, it will take at least 2-3 months to get them back into service.
Ukrainian drones targeted Russia in several strikes Tuesday night that destroyed military planes and disrupted air traffic, Russian officials said Wednesday morning.
Attacks were reported in Pskov, Briansk, Kaluga, Orlov and Ryazan regions, as well as in the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula, Russian officials said.
Ukraine has stepped up its drone war in recent months, often striking targets on Russian soil, in parallel with a ground offensive that is meeting strong resistance on the front lines in the south and east.
Editor: Bogdan Păcurar