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Ukrainian Intel suspected in drone attack on Russian bomber air base

The attack was reportedly a joint special operation by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Armed Forces, according to multiple media outlets citing their sources.
Russian Su-24 allegedly at the Morozovsk air base showing signs of minor shrapnel damage. Photo: English Luhansk via Twitter/X
Ukrainian Intel suspected in drone attack on Russian bomber air base

On the night of 17 December, Ukraine’s Security Service and Armed Forces conducted a special operation, as a result of which they struck equipment at the Morozovsk airbase in Russia’s Rostov region, several Ukrainian media outlets reported citing their sources.

“We attacked the airfield with drones. Although Russia has already traditionally managed to declare that all drones were shot down, in reality, Ukraine’s Security Service and Armed Forces inflicted significant damage to the enemy’s equipment,” a source told Ukrainska Pravda.

The source also emphasized that the Russian airbase was a critical target since the 559th Bomber Aviation Regiment of the Russian Aerospace Forces is located there. At the time of the strike, up to 20 Su-34 aircraft, three radar stations, and other equipment were at the base.

On the morning of 17 December, Russia’s MoD claimed to have repelled a massive UAV attack from Ukraine. 

“Air defense assets on duty destroyed and intercepted 33 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles over the territories of the Lipetsk, Rostov, and Volgograd oblasts,” Russia’s MoD said, later adding that two of those were allegedly downed in the skies of Volgograd Oblast, which is at least 300 km away from the war zone.

Russian Telegram channel Astra shared videos of an alleged air attack on Morozovsk in Russia’s Rostov Oblast. Rostov Oblast governor Vasily Golubev claimed that “most of the UAVs were destroyed, no one was injured” during a fixed-wing drone attack near Morozovsk and Kamensk.

Later, Russian sources published a photo of a Su-24 allegedly at the Morozovsk air base showing signs of minor shrapnel damage.

Russian Su-24 allegedly at the Morozovsk air base showing signs of minor shrapnel damage. Photo: X/loogunda.

Additionally, the photos show the alleged wreckage of one of the Ukrainian drones that had attacked the base. 

Wreckage of an alleged Ukrainian one-way attack drone that targeted Russia’s Morozovsk bomber airbase on 17 December 2023. Photo:X/loogunda.

The previously reported Ukrainian drone attack on Russian facilities occurred late on 15 December, as one-way attack UAVs targeted multiple facilities in occupied Crimea and adjacent areas of Kherson Oblast.

The occasional Ukrainian drone attacks are taking place in the background of Russia’s daily Shahed drone attacks on Ukraine.

Earlier, the Ukrainian company Terminal Autonomy announced the successful completion of procurement efforts designed to support the combat deployment of their AQ 400 Scythe suicide drones with a range of 750 km. The company said it produces 100 Scythes monthly and targets 500 monthly units.

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