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Ukraine Retaliation: Satellite Evidence Suggests Russia Has Suffered Worst Airplane Losses Since World War II

Military analysts say the full extent of the damage is not yet known, suggesting Moscow may have lost as many as 20 jets in the attack

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An infrared overview of damaged aircraft at Saki Airbase after attack, in Novofedorivka, Crimea August 10, 2022.
Infrared overview of damaged aircraft after attack at Saki Air Base in Novofedryvka, Crimea, 10 August 2022. Photo by Maxar Technologies via Reuters

New analysis of explosion at air base in occupied Crimea reveals jet destroyed Contrary to Moscow's claims that it had not been done, Russia appeared to have suffered its greatest air loss in a single day since World War II.

At least 10 planes were destroyed or severely damaged in a series of blasts that hit the Saki airbase in Novofedryvka on Tuesday afternoon, according to satellite imagery. was found to have been severely injured.

Military analysts estimate the full extent of damage to the Russian Air Force is still unknown, with one suggesting that Moscow may have lost as many as 20 jets in the attack.

"Satellite imagery clearly shows that the full tally is higher," writes the Warzone website. Experts say the attack will make the Russian military more skeptical about its ability to withstand an expected counteroffensive in southern Ukraine.

An independent analyst from Oryx, a website that tracks destroyed equipment, estimated that four SU-30SM fighters and five SU-24M bombers and reconnaissance aircraft had been destroyed.

The machines cost tens of millions of pounds each, and Russia destroyed aircraft with damage estimated at $780 million.

Oryx estimates that Russia has lost at least 47 aircraft since its February 24th invasion of Ukraine.

Satellite images also show that two of his buildings, believed to contain jet ammunition, were also destroyed by the blast.

Russia’s Saki airbase in Crimea on May 16, 2022, top, and Aug. 10, 2022, below.
Russian Saki Air Base, Crimea on 16 May 2022 , above, and 10 August 2022, below. Photo by his Maxar Technologies via Reuters

The Russian Ministry of Defense said the explosion at the airfield was due to a "violation of fire protection requirements" near the ammunition. said to have been triggered. Jett claimed no damage.

Ukraine on Thursday remained not responsible for the attack, despite unofficial claims that its special forces carried out a daring raid on the scene.


Kyiv, however, continued to mock Russia over the devastation caused by the explosion, suggesting more could follow.

"We advise our valued Russian guests not to visit Crimea, Ukraine unless they want an uncomfortably hot summer vacation," the Ukrainian Defense Ministry wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday, the ministry released a brilliant social media video with the soundtrack to Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" to discourage Russians from vacationing in occupied Crimea.

In its daily assessment of the conflict in Ukraine, the War Research Institute, a US-based think tank, said Kyiv was deliberately exploiting Russia's confusion over the attack.

"Ukrainian officials highlight apparent Russian confusion over attacks to obfuscate Ukraine's long-range capabilities," he wrote in ISW. With no official confirmation of the attack, experts were pondering last night how Ukrainian forces carried out the attack about 200 kilometers behind enemy lines.

  1. A Russian court on August 11 placed former state TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who denounced President Vladimir Putin's intervention in Ukraine live on air, under house arrest until October.

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  2. A satellite image by Planet Labs PBC shows Saki Air Base before an explosion Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in the Crimean Peninsula.

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Analysis showed signs of a missile attack by an unmanned drone, or possible explosives planted at the airfield. Danish military analyst Oliver Alexander said the video of the scene did not match the missile attack, adding: While this is not impossible to achieve with missile strikes, it is easier to achieve with explosives placed on the ground by Special Operations Forces.

In any event, the attack cast doubt on Russia's ability to defend Crimea and its air strikes and defense capabilities.

"Russia could consider moving its aircraft to the southern part of the peninsula. This would increase the fuel consumption of aircraft operating near the front lines. said military analyst Rochan Consulting.

Several units of his S-400 surface-to-air rocket system in the area have been left unactivated if attacks were carried out with missiles, the expert added.

According to Ukrainian officials, the Saki airfield was an important staging point for air raids against Kyiv positions in the southern towns of Kherson and Mykolaiv.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, several explosions were reported that rocked a Belarusian military air base near the Ukrainian border, which Russia is understood to be using as one of the launch pads for its invasion. rice field. The Belarusian Defense Ministry has dismissed speculation of an attack by Ukraine.

Another fire was reported at a Russian military base near Moscow. Conscripts are said to have been stationed there. “The prevalence of technical accidents at military airfields in Crimea and Belarus should be seen as a warning for the Russian military. One Mihailo Podoljak tweeted.

Following the apparent attack on Crimea, Russia has doubled its airstrikes against Ukrainian targets, including civilians, according to Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksiy Khoromov.

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