Reports of a massive drone attack came from several regions of Russia, including the Moscow region and St. Petersburg.
Over the past 24 hours, Russia has come under one of the largest drone attacks. Reports of drones have come from several Russian regions, including the Moscow region and St. Petersburg. In particular, the wreckage of three drones was reported in Belgorod, a fire at an oil depot in Tuapse in the Krasnodar Territory, the downing of “Ukrainian” UAVs in the Bryansk region and Adygea, and the fall of a drone in the Moscow region.
Also, because of the “unidentified object” in St. Petersburg, fighter jets were raised, and Pulkovo Airport did not receive or send flights for more than an hour.
The Russian Federation is already sounding the alarm that this was only a prelude to a real strike and that flying drones could help reveal the location of Russian air defense facilities and their mode of operation.
Belgorod, Tuapse, Adygea, Bryansk region
In the Bryansk region on the night of February 27, an attack by three kamikaze drones was recorded. Local authorities suggested that the drones were launched from Ukraine. As a result, the cell tower was damaged.
Around midnight, four more drones with explosives crashed in the Belgorod region. According to Baza, two of them fell near residential buildings and damaged four cars, another crashed against the wall – its fragments fell into one of the apartments, and all the residents of the house had to be evacuated. A fourth drone crashed onto the roof of a supermarket and exploded, starting a fire.
In the Republic of Adygea, they also reported that at about two in the morning an explosion was recorded near the village of Novy. An unidentified aircraft crashed there. Rescuers found two craters with a diameter of about two meters at the site of the fall, said the head of Adygea, Murat Kumpilov.
At about 2 a.m., two drones hit the Rosneft oil depot in Tuapse, Krasnoyarsk Territory. The media, citing local residents, report that two explosions thundered on the territory of the oil depot with a difference of several seconds and a fire started, the area of which was 200 square meters.
Authorities said the drones allegedly exploded “a hundred meters from the oil storage”, damaging the boiler room building.
“UFO” in the area of St. Petersburg and Airborne near Moscow
On the afternoon of February 27, due to an unknown object in the sky, 200 kilometers of airspace over St. Petersburg were closed. The object, according to the media, looked like a large drone, it was seen 160-200 kilometers from St. Petersburg. Two fighters were sent to intercept him – Su-35 and MiG-31. And the Pulkovo airport temporarily did not accept planes in connection with the incident. In the city itself, the Carpet signal was announced, which is given when illegally crossing the border or when the so-called “appearance of a UFO”.
Another drone crashed near a Gazprom facility in the Moscow region. This information was confirmed by the governor of the Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov. According to him, “this happened near the village of Gubastovo, the target was probably a civilian infrastructure facility, it was not injured.”
Russian media reported that the UAV that crashed in the Moscow region was Ukrainian and probably UJ-22 Airborne models manufactured by Ukrjet. Such a drone can fly 800 km at a speed of 130-140 km/h and carry up to 20 kg of explosives. However, the range of controlled flight, according to the media of the Russian Federation, is only 100 km. At the same time, Russian journalists said that the drone was without explosives and “was used as a probe.”
Trouble in Russia
The Russian Federation confirmed the attack of unmanned aerial vehicles and immediately blamed Ukraine. At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced only two “attempts to use UAVs” allegedly committed by the “Kyiv regime” in the Krasnodar Territory and Adygea on the night of February 28. In both cases, as they say in the defense department of the Russian Federation, the military coped with them “brilliantly.”
“The electronic warfare units of the RF Armed Forces suppressed the UAVs. Both UAVs lost control and deviated from the flight path. One UAV fell into the field, the other UAV, deviating from the trajectory, did not harm the attacked civilian infrastructure object,” the statement says.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation also reported that the sky over St. Petersburg was closed “as part of the training.” Allegedly, the duty forces of the western zone of responsibility for air defense worked out interaction with civilian air traffic control authorities.
Russian propagandists did not support the position of the Russian Defense Ministry and stated that there were many more attacks.
The Russian expert Telegram channel Older Edda said that today’s attack is only a preparation “to destabilize our rear.”
“All of today’s emergencies with Ukrainian drones, including the closure of Pulkovo airport, should not be viewed as a separate incident in order to earn hype and please the domestic audience. All this should be viewed as preparation for the spring offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, when the purpose of such strikes will be to destabilize our rear and dispersal of mass panic among Russians,” the channel said.
Note that Ukraine has not publicly claimed responsibility for the attack on Russian territory.
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