Russian ‘missile factory collapses near Moscow in new Ukrainian drone strike’As Ukraine increases its drone attacks, this attack is a big setback for Putin.First published at 05:45 UTC on September 1, 2023 by Will Stewart.
Ukraine’s latest drone attack on Russia reportedly destroyed a critical Russian plant that made electronics for Vladimir Putin’s missiles.Kyiv claimed responsibility for a kamikaze drone attack on the Tomilinsky Electronics Plant in Lyubertsy, a suburb of Moscow.
As Ukraine increases its drone strikes on Russia, this attack is a big setback for Putin.It was unclear how many people had been killed or injured, or how badly Russia’s crucial missile complex had been damaged.It was previously speculated by Moscow’s mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, that the drone had been shot down and no damage was done. The mayor of Moscow stated, “Today, air defense forces near Lyubertsy thwarted another attempt to fly a drone to Moscow.”It was said that a video showed smoke billowing out of the top-secret electronics factory.According to a Kyiv news outlet, the Ukrainian defense ministry has blamed a drone for the fire at the missile electronics complex.
According to reports, Ukrainian military intelligence staged the attack.’It was the GUR’s operation, it was a success, and there will be more,’ a source told Ukrainskaya Pravda.The Lyubertsy-buzzing drone was captured on camera.As stated by intelligence agency spokesman Andrey Yusov, “an electronics factory for missiles is on fire.”We make no judgments on why or by whom it is burning. But the truth is that it is on fire.And the claims made by Moscow authorities’ spokespeople that they shot something down have no basis in fact. A drone was shot down in the Russian military city of Pskov, located in the country’s north.Satellite imagery corroborated reports from officials that at least two Ilyushin Il-76 planes were downed by a massive drone onslaught earlier this week at an aviation base.About 400 miles north of the Ukrainian border, close to Estonia and Latvia, is where Thursday’s photos were taken: at Princess Olga Pskov International Airport, which serves both civilians and military personnel.
The four-engine Il-76 is the workhorse of Russia’s airlift capacity, capable of landing and taking off in harsh environments. Over a hundred of them are rumored to be part of the Russian military’s arsenal.Two blackened hulks, perhaps Il-76s, were found on separate parking pads on the air base’s apron, according to the analysis.Both appeared to depict sections of planes, but one featured the plane’s tail. There was visible damage to the pad from the fire.In an apparent effort to make it more difficult to strike them again, eleven more Il-76s had been relocated from their parking pads to various locations on the airport’s taxiways. A single one was right on the tarmac. It was unclear why a second Il-76 had not departed the pad.The Ukrainian drone raids on the air base reportedly damaged four Il-76s, according to local accounts.The satellite image was captured on Thursday at 2:03 p.m. BST (5:03 p.m. GMT).
Social media videos posted on Thursday night showed what appeared to be anti-aircraft fire at the air base, though it is not clear if this indicates an ongoing attack.toward first, Tuesday night, satellites were aimed toward the Pskov air base, but cloud cover obscured their view.In an apparent reference to the attack on the air base, Zelensky boasted on Thursday that his country has invented a missile capable of striking a target 400 miles distant. He just said that the weapon was made in Ukraine by the Ministry of Strategic Industries.Over the past year of fighting, the Kremlin’s forces have fired off countless salvos of explosive drones produced in Iran against Ukraine.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn