Moscow/Kyiv/Washington: Ukraine delivered a new blow to Russia by attacking a Russian airport for the third successive time. On Tuesday, Ukrainian drones targeted the airport in the city of Kursk after attacks on two bases, Engels and Ryazan, on Monday. In this attack, the fuel storage at the airbase exploded, causing damage to the base. Russia has acknowledged the drone attack. The US State Department has said the US did not assist Ukraine to strike targets inside Russia. Last week, the leaders of NATO member states demanded Ukraine be allowed to launch attacks on Russian soil. The topic of providing Patriot missiles and fighter jets to Ukraine was also discussed at the NATO meeting.
Therefore, Ukraine has signalled that it has the capability to strike deep into Russian territory by targeting Russian airfields for two consecutive days. Ukraine has launched three attacks in two successive days, which is said to have increased the concerns for the Russian authorities.
On Monday, it was revealed that at least five people were killed in the attacks on two Russian bases in “Engels” and “Ryazan”. Two Russian bombers were damaged in the attack on Engel airbase. On the other hand, a huge fire broke out at the Ryazan base after a large fuel tanker exploded. Then, on Tuesday, there was an attack on the airport in Kursk city, about 80 miles from the Ukrainian border. Photographs of a huge fire that broke out after the attack have been released. Ukraine is believed to have used Russian-made Tu-141 drones for these attacks.
Russian officials and agencies have acknowledged the attacks on bases in Russian cities. The Russian Ministry of Defense said these attacks amount to terrorist attacks. Officials said the attacks were being launched to target bombers at Russian bases. Although Ukraine carried out the attacks, the country has not openly acknowledged it. The United States, which provides most of the arms to Ukraine, has tried to shake off the responsibility for the attack on the Russian bases.
‘US military aid to Ukraine is for self-defence. These weapons have not been supplied to Ukraine to carry out attacks across its borders. US State Department spokesman Ned Price revealed that the US had not encouraged Ukraine to launch attacks beyond its borders. Earlier, Ukraine had attacked the bases of Crimea, Belgorod, and Bryansk in the territory of Russia.