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Russia hit by Ukrainian drone strikes: Report

 August 31, 2023

Moscow has just issued stern warnings saying Ukraine will "not go unpunished" in the wake of drone strikes on Russian soil. 

These airborne assaults damaged a pair of military aircraft, critical fuel storage, and an electronics production facility, as the BBC reports.

Kyiv also recently experienced its most intense bombardment in several months. Ukrainian authorities have reported two casualties after successfully intercepting most of the missiles and drones.

Ukrainian leaders have not officially confirmed their involvement in these recent attacks; they've historically been tight-lipped about such operations.

Recent intelligence indicates that Ukraine's reliance on armed drones against Russian assets is growing.

Strategic Targets in Focus

This ongoing aerial campaign is central to Ukraine's wider defensive strategy. Their objective: disrupt Russia's ability to effectively supply and support their frontline forces, especially given the pressing invasion by Russia into Ukrainian territories. 

The city of Pskov, approximately 600km from Ukraine, witnessed one of these drone incursions. At its regional airport, two Ilyushin 76 military planes were reported ablaze. These long-haul cargo planes are pivotal for Russia, designed to transport troops and vital equipment across vast expanses.

After this incident, Pskov's primarily military-operational airport briefly ceased its limited civilian air traffic. The airport's strategic significance and the value of these aircraft underscore why the Ukranine forces targeted them.

Besides Pskov, Russian officials report fending off drone activities in regions including Bryansk, Kaluga, Oryol, Ryazan, and even near the historic Crimean city of Sevastopol.

According to Bryansk's governor, while one drone was neutralized before it could jeopardize a broadcasting tower, another successfully struck an electronics manufacturing unit instrumental for Russian military tech. Similarly, a fuel storage site in Kaluga was attacked, a linchpin in the machinery of Russian warfare.

The "starve, stretch, and strike" mantra, as articulated by the U.K.'s top defense officer, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, appears to be the blueprint of Ukraine's resistance.

By targeting crucial Russian assets and engaging in extended artillery and missile barrages deep within Russia's southern frontiers, Ukraine aims to breach these defensive lines and make considerable headway before the year concludes.

Recent Fallout in Kyiv

Kyiv's night skies were recently pierced with fiery projectiles. As confirmed by General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the chief of Ukraine's military, a total of 44 strikes, comprising 28 missiles and 16 drones, were launched against Kyiv.

Fortunately for the city, all but one of these airborne threats were neutralized. The casualties of these strikes were two security personnel, as informed by Kyiv's mayor, Vitali Klitschko.

In a northwest park of Kyiv, remnants of cruise missiles littered the grounds, prompting a thorough investigation by local authorities. 

The recent air attacks in Russia, including a drone strike in central Moscow that killed three people, mark a series of deep territorial strikes. Additionally, a Ukrainian drone reportedly obliterated a Russian bomber stationed at an airbase south of St. Petersburg.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that such actions on Russian soil are both anticipated and justified, given the nature of the ongoing conflict.