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Military: Ukrainian air strikes hit airfield in occupied Crimea

Ukrainian forces struck a command post at the Saky military airfield in Novofedorivka, located in Russian-occupied Crimea.
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A photo probably showing a Russian command post at a military airfield in Saky, occupied Crimea. Credit: Mykola Oleschuk

Ukrainian forces struck a command post at the Saky military airfield in Novofedorivka, located in Russian-occupied Crimea, Commander of Ukraine’s Air Forces Mykola Oleshchuk reported. Commander Oleshchuk expressed gratitude towards the Ukrainian pilots for their successful operation.

On the evening of 5 January, Telegram channels reported explosions in occupied Crimea and the closure of the Crimean Bridge.

The Russian Ministry of Defense later claimed that on the night of 6 January, their air defense systems allegedly shot down four guided missiles over occupied Crimea.

According to RFE/RL, the 43rd Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Russian Air Force, which is armed with Su-24 bombers and Su-30 fighters, has been based at the Saki airfield since Russia occupied Crimea in 2014. Journalists note that aircraft from this airfield have been used for attacks in the southern regions of Ukraine. Additionally, the airbase hosts the “Nytka” naval aviation personnel training complex.

On 4 January, Ukrainian forces struck Russian ammunition depots near the village of Pervomaiske in Russian-occupied Crimea, the Strategic Communications Department of Ukraine’s Armed Forces confirmed on 5 January.

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