President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the successful use of long-range weapons by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as a result of which, according to him, a target was hit at a distance of 700 kilometers.
Zelensky said this at a daily conference call, at which, in particular, a report was heard by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzny on the situation on the battlefield, and representatives of the Ministry of Strategic Industry spoke about their own production.
“Successful use of our long-range weapons: the target was hit 700 kilometers away,” Zelensky wrote on social networks, reporting on the meeting. The President of Ukraine did not provide any other details. It is not clear what the target is, but the information appeared a little more than a day after the drone attack on the airport in Pskov. This city is located approximately 800 kilometers from the territory of Ukraine.
On the territory of the airfield attacked in Pskov on the night of August 30, military and civil aircraft are located. After drone strikes, a fire broke out there. According to various estimates, from two to six Il-76 military transport aircraft were warned. The local Ministry of Emergency Situations confirmed that planes caught fire, but did not specify their number.
The consequences of the attack could be the largest damage to Russian military aviation inflicted in the deep rear. The investigative project “Schemes” of the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty published the first satellite images of the Pskov airport after the raid.
The military transport Berlin Red Banner Aviation Regiment, which is taking an active part in the war with Ukraine, is based at the airfield in Pskov. In addition, the 76th Airborne Assault Division of the Airborne Forces is located in the city, Il-76 aircraft are involved in the transfer of paratroopers. Passenger flights are also made from the airport.
Russian regions and annexed Crimea are regularly attacked by drones. In recent months, drones have flown several times to different parts of Moscow and even to the Kremlin. Russia invariably blames Ukraine for the attacks; Kyiv does not officially comment on these events. According to RBC estimates, over a year and a half of the war, the number of drone attacks on Russian regions exceeded 500. The calculation took into account official reports from the Ministry of Defense, governors and regional governments about drones, including those shot down and suppressed by electronic warfare. Not all statements indicated the exact number of drones, the newspaper notes.