On the morning of Monday, December 5, two Russian air sites used by heavy bombers that recently destroyed big sections of the Ukraine electric grid were attacked from the air probably by armed UAVs launched by Ukraine.
The Engels Air Force Base in the central Saratov Region, Russia, was the target of the aerial attack.
Engels, one of the Kremlin’s key strategic bomber operations stations and the only operational location for the Tu-160 strategic bomber, is situated on the outskirts of Saratov.
Since the beginning of October, the Kremlin has repeatedly attacked Ukraine’s power grid and heating infrastructure from Engels using Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers to fire as many as 80 cruise missiles in a single day.
Russian Media outlets reported that a single drone hit the base in the early hours of the morning and blew up, damaging two Tu-95 bombers and injuring two persons.
Other Russian social media confirmed the Engels strike. The air base is some 700 km. from Ukraine-controlled territory, well out of the range of both missiles and drones known to be operated by the Ukrainian military.
According to military-linked social media, a second explosion hit the Dyagilevo air base in Russia’s Ryazan Region, killing three people and destroying a fuel vehicle.