Russian Allegations and Ukrainian Response
Russia has accused Ukraine of executing a significant drone attack. Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities reported two fatalities resulting from a Russian attack on Kiev early Wednesday. According to local sources, a fire erupted at an airport in Pskov, Russia’s western region bordering Estonia and Latvia, after a drone assault. Russia’s Defense Ministry stated that multiple drones were intercepted in areas such as Oryol, Bryansk, Ryazan, Kaluga, and around Moscow.
Airport Damage and Response
Mikhail Vedernikov, the governor of Pskov region, ordered the suspension of all flights from the provincial capital’s airport on Wednesday for damage assessment. Russia’s state news agency ‘Tass’ reported that the attack on the airport was reported just before midnight. Four IL-76 transport aircraft were damaged in the assault. Visuals on social media depicted smoke and a substantial fire over Pskov city.
Extent of Attack and Ukrainian Statement
Reports suggested that the airport may have been targeted by 10 to 20 drones, although this remains unconfirmed. Sergei Popko, the head of the Ukrainian military administration, stated on Telegram that a major attack was conducted by Russia on Kiev using drones and missiles, resulting in two fatalities and another person injured. Popko described this as the most extensive attack since spring, noting that Russia utilized Shaheed drones from various directions and missiles launched from Tu-95 MS strategic aircraft.
Response and Downed Drones
Sergei Popko confirmed that Ukrainian air defense systems successfully intercepted over 20 targets, including drones and missiles. The exact count of launched drones or missiles remains unclear. Popko attributed the casualties to debris falling on a commercial building in Shevchenkivsky district.
The situation remains tense, and the incident highlights the ongoing conflict dynamics between Russia and Ukraine.