ISW: UAV strike on Russia's Soltsy airbase damaged several Tu-22M3
An unknown drone attacked Russia's Soltsy airbase in the Novgorod region. At least one of the aggressor country's Tu-22M3 strategic bombers was damaged there.
This is the aircraft capable of carrying the supersonic X-22 anti-ship missiles with which Russia is bombarding Ukrainian cities. Institute for the Study of War (Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports on the details.
The Russian sources spread footage of the strike on the airbase. The Russian Defense Ministry said that a fire broke out at the Soltsy aircraft parking lot and traditionally blamed Ukraine for the incident.
In particular, the ministry and other Russian sources claimed that the military shot down a "Ukrainian drone" with small arms and that shells from "repelling the attack" damaged one aircraft (its name the Russians did not specify).
ISW analysts, citing geolocation images from August 19, say that the Soltsy airbase was indeed attacked that day as thick smoke was seen.
They found online data from a Russian insider source claiming that the fire damaged at least two Russian Armed Forces aircraft.
It was also noted that an unspecified number of Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name: Backfire) long-range supersonic bombers were at an airbase near the town of Soltsy at the time of the UAV attack.
"The source also claims that Russian forces moved the unharmed aircraft to Olenya airbase in the Murmansk region," ISW added.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the Russian Federation said that a "spy drone" was allegedly found in the village of Selyatino near Moscow. According to Russian claims, it was supposed to film the Russian Armed Forces tank range in Alabino but did not reach the target.