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Media: Ukraine attacks Russian air base in Saky, occupied Crimea, damages equipment

Ukrainian forces executed a coordinated drone and missile attack on Russia’s military Saky airfield in occupied Crimea, damaging the military equipment and inflicting casualties, according to Ukraine security sources and Russian media.
NASA FIRMS 21 September map of fires in occupied Crimea over the past 24 hours. Saky is located between Yevpatoria and Sevatopol.
Media: Ukraine attacks Russian air base in Saky, occupied Crimea, damages equipment

Early on 21 September, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Navy conducted a fire attack on the Saky military airfield in occupied Crimea using one-way attack drones and domestic cruise missiles, according to public broadcaster Suspilne referring to its sources in the SBU.

According to the Suspilne sources, the airfield hosted at least 12 combat aircraft (Su-24 and Su-30) and the Pantsyr air defense system at the time of the attack. There was also a training base for the operators of the Iranian-made Mojaher drones, used by the Russians to coordinate their air attacks and as a combat strike drone.

“The strikes of the Security Service and the Navy hit the targets and caused serious damage to the occupiers’ equipment. Drones were used to hit the enemy, which overloaded Russian air defenses, and then Neptune missiles were launched,” the SBU source told Suspilne.

Russian telegram channels confirm serious destruction and losses, mentioning at least 30 military killed in the attack, according to a Crimea situation monitoring Telegram channel Krymskiy Veter.

Suspilne says in the early hours of 21 September, several waves of drones attacked occupied Crime. Local residents reported explosions heard in Yevpatoria, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Saky, Novofedorivka, and other settlements. Russian officials claimed that air defense forces allegedly managed to destroy 19 drones.

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