Explosions, fire, in Russian provinces bordering Ukraine

A series of explosions were heard in the early hours of Wednesday in three Russian provinces bordering Ukraine, authorities said, and an ammunition depot in the Belgorod province caught fire around the same time…

The Belgorod province borders Ukraine’s Luhansk, Sumy and Kharkiv regions, all of which have seen heavy fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago.

Separately, Roman Starovoyt, the governor of Russia’s Kursk province, which also borders Ukraine, said explosions had been heard in Kursk city early on Wednesday, which were most likely the sounds of air defence systems firing…

In Voronezh, the administrative centre of another province adjacent to Ukraine, Russia’s TASS news agency cited an emergency ministry official as saying that two blasts had been heard and the authorities were investigating.

Russia said it was sending investigators to Kursk and Voronezh regions to document what it calls “illegal actions by the Ukrainian army”…

A top Ukrainian official on Wednesday described the attacks as payback and “karma” for Moscow’s invasion.

“If you (Russians) decide to massively attack another country, massively kill everyone there, massively crush peaceful people with tanks, and use warehouses in your regions to enable the killings, then sooner or later the debts will have to be repaid,” Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said.

You can’t always get what you want. Sometimes you get what you need. Even better, sometimes you get what you deserve!

5 thoughts on “Explosions, fire, in Russian provinces bordering Ukraine

  1. Oleksandr Oksanchenko says:

    Explosions at two Russian airbases far from the frontlines have raised the possibility that Kyiv has found a way to target Russia’s long-range bombers used in attacks against Ukraine’s infrastructure. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/05/explosions-russia-airbases-far-from-ukraine-frontline-bombers
    Hours later, Russia launched its latest missile barrage against Ukraine, the country’s defense ministry said. According to media reports, Russia had launched more than 100 cruise missiles from land and sea.
    If confirmed as a Ukrainian operation, the strike on the Engels airbase would be the most daring attack behind Russian lines to date. The airbase is a crucial site for Russian air force operations against Ukraine and for the country’s strategic nuclear forces. It has a nuclear weapons storage bunker with warheads that can be deployed on Russia’s long-range strategic bombers.

    • Blackhawk says:

      Multiple attacks targeting Russian military infrastructure this week have focused attention on Ukraine’s efforts to develop longer-range combat drones. https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/europe/ukraine-drone-russia-air-base-attacks-intl/index.html
      State-owned weapons manufacturer Ukroboronprom has indicated several times in the last few weeks that it is close to finishing work on a new long-range drone.
      In October, it posted on Facebook – along with an image of what appeared to be part of the drone’s structure: “Range is 1000 km (621 miles), weight of the combat unit is 75 kg (165 pounds). Putting the final touches on this one.”
      A month later, on November 24, Ukroboronprom published another post: “The next stage of UAV testing – On behalf of the Chief of the General Staff, we are getting ready for flight tests under the action of electronic warfare.”
      A photo showed the words “az vozdam” [Аз воздам] inscribed on what was purported to be the drone – meaning “I will repay.”
      The two bases, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, are hundreds of miles inside Russian territory and beyond the reach of Ukraine’s declared arsenal of drones. No footage or images of the remnants of drones have been published.
      The Engels-2 and Dyagilevo airbases house aircraft believed responsible for attacking Ukrainian infrastructure.
      The airbase in Dyagilevo, less than 150 miles from Moscow, also houses the 121st heavy bomber aviation regiment whose jets are believed to have attacked Ukraine. It also serves as the base for Russia’s only Il-78 tanker regiment, a strategically vital division responsible for the air-to-air refueling of the country’s military aviation.

      • Clausewitz says:

        Russia’s Defense Ministry’s charged that the attack was launched with Soviet-made drones. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, which split Russia and Ukraine into separate countries, Ukraine inherited some Soviet-designed Tu-141 Strizh drones, which entered service in the 1970s and have a range of 1,000 kilometers (over 600 miles.)
        They were designed for reconnaissance duties, but can be fitted with a warhead that effectively turns them into a cruise missile. Unlike modern drones, the Strizh, or Swift, drones can stay in the air only for a limited amount of time and fly straight to a designated target. Their outdated technology makes the drones easily detectable by modern air defense systems — and easy to shoot down. See https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/ukraine-modified-soviet-era-jet-drones-to-hit-bomber-bases-russia-claims

  2. Payback says:

    “Ukrainian strike hits Russian barracks in occupied Melitopol
    Complex reportedly struck by Himars rockets may have been a stronghold of Wagner mercenary group that fights for Kremlin” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/11/ukrainian-himars-missiles-hit-russian-occupied-melitopol
    “The strike on Melitopol was one of several overnight on Russian bases. Explosions were also reported overnight in the Russian occupied Crimea including Sevastopol and Simferopol.
    The strike on Melitopol came as all non-critical infrastructure in the Ukrainian port of Odesa was without power after Russia used Iranian-made drones on Saturday to hit two energy facilities, leaving 1.5 million people cut off from electricity.”

    “Grim winter takes hold in Ukraine: US and its NATO allies need to act before it’s too late : The entire country is one missile strike away from a catastrophic and total blackout.” https://thehill.com/opinion/international/3770669-grim-winter-takes-hold-in-ukraine-us-and-its-nato-allies-need-to-act-before-its-too-late/

    “Ukraine: What are Himars missiles and are they changing the war?” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-62512681

  3. Turnabout says:

    Moscow Inverts Reality, Falsely Calling Strikes on Russian Bases ‘Terrorism’ https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-moscow-inverts-reality-falsely-calling-strikes-on-russian-bases-terrorism-/6869513.html
    Russia responded to the drone strikes by further hitting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. It has systematically been carrying out such attacks since launching a full-scale invasion on February 24. Legal and human rights experts describe these strikes on civilian targets as war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.

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