The Explosion of the Russian Military Airfield in the Crimea

by Olha Povaliaieva
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
The Explosion of the Russian Military Airfield in the Crimea

On August 9, presumably Ukrainian "Thunder" missiles destroyed an airfield with dozens of Russian fighters and attack-aircraft of the Russian aerospace forces

On August 9, the "hot" season began on the Crimean peninsula: a series of explosions sounded near the settlement of Novofedorovka. The military airfield of the invaders Saki exploded, on which the 43rd fighter aviation regiment of the aerospace forces of Russia was located. According to the photographs of the airfield near Novofedorovka before the explosion and the photo of the exploded equipment published by the Russian media, it can be concluded that today the occupiers have lost such equipment:

  • 13 Su-30SM units;
  • 12 Su-24M/R units;
  • 1 Il-76 unit;
  • 6 Mi-8 units;
  • MIG-31;
  • Warehouses with BC to aircraft;
  • Fuel tanks.

It is known that it was with these fighters and attack aircraft that the Russian invaders carried out air strikes on the peaceful cities of Ukraine. The official version of the Russian Ministry of defense says that the cause of the explosion, which was witnessed by thousands of people carelessly lying on the beach, was the detonation of aviation ammunition on the territory of the Saki airfield.

At the same time, The New York Times believes that the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out the attack on the Russian airfield. And for this, they did not use HIMARS, as many might think, but domestically produced weapons — the Thunder operational-tactical missile system. Journalists of the news resource refer to a conversation with a high-ranking Ukrainian military man, as well as their own investigation. According to experts, only Thunder could overcome such a distance from the controlled territories of Ukraine to the temporary occupied Crimea.

The operational-tactical missile system Thunder was developed in 2013 and is produced on the basis of the South design bureau in the Dnipro region. The impact range reaches 500 m. After the annulment of the treaty on medium-range missiles, the previous president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, announced a missile range of about 1.000 km. At the same time, Oleksii Arestovich also does not deny but does not refute the fact that Saki was blown up by Thunder.

We remind you that the flagship of the Russian fleet, the cruiser Moskva, was destroyed by a Ukrainian-made missile Neptune. After that, the Russians shot rockets at the Kyiv enterprise, which, in their opinion, produces Neptune missiles. Presumably, we can expect that in retaliation for the destruction of the Saki airfield, the Russians will try to shoot down our Yuzhne design bureau.

A military alert has been declared in Crimea. Russian media claim that 30 strikes were carried out in 30 minutes. The local population, which is mostly Russian citizens who illegally moved to the territory of Crimea after its annexation, is no longer very confident in the success of the "military operation to liberate Ukraine". Like the invaders themselves, they are no longer quite sure that "everything is going according to Putin's plan."

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are close. Glory to Ukraine!

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