Russian authorities on Tuesday reported a series of Ukrainian drone attacks across the country, including one that fell within 60 miles southeast of Moscow, hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border.
A Russian official said the Ukrainian drone near Moscow attempted to target a gas facility. According to pictures of the wreckage, it was a Ukrainian-made drone that could fly up to 500 miles.
Drone incidents were also reported in the Bryansk and Belgorod Oblasts, which both border Ukraine. In Bryansk, authorities said one Ukrainian drone was shot down. In Belgorod, three drone attacks were reported, including one that flew through an apartment building.
There were no casualties in any of the incidents, but they could reflect a stepped-up effort by Ukraine to launch more attacks inside Russia. Ukraine has maintained a policy of ambiguity around its operations in Russia by only hinting at responsibility and not officially confirming it, although unnamed Ukrainian officials speaking to the media have taken credit for previous attacks.
In December, Ukraine launched a series of drone attacks deep inside Russia that targeted air bases, including the Engels airfield is about 300 miles from the Ukrainian border. NATO military sources told Asia Times that Ukraine employed drones in the attacks that used US satellite GPS data to hit their targets.
Also on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the FSB security service to step up its efforts against “sabotage groups” that entered Russia from Ukraine and claimed Western intelligence services were involved in operations inside Russia.
“Western intelligence services have traditionally always been active in Russia, and now they have thrown additional personnel, technical and other resources at us. We need to respond accordingly,” he said.
In December, investigative journalist Jack Murphy published a report on his website that alleged the CIA has been using a European NATO country’s intelligence services to conduct sabotage attacks inside Russia.
In his address to the FSB, Putin said “countering terrorist threats” was a priority of the agency and said there has been a “growing number of such crimes.” He attributed the incidents to Ukraine as well as “attempts by the West to revive extremist and terrorist cells formed by their so-called old-time friends on our territory.”
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“In his address to the FSB, Putin said “countering terrorist threats” was a priority of the agency and said there has been a “growing number of such crimes.” He attributed the incidents to Ukraine as well as “attempts by the West to revive extremist and terrorist cells formed by their so-called old-time friends on our territory.”
Terrorist? Lol, says the guy who has been leveling Ukrainian cities for a year. This guy is delusional.
Hey troll. Haven’t been any Ukrainian cities leveled yet.
Emphasis on yet. If US/NATO insists on expanding the war, we might see a portion of Ukraine’s territory transformed into a demilitarized zone, as in Korea.
Also known as a no-man’s land. But also great for the wildlife!
There was always going to be a DMZ between what the Russians take and what’s left of Ukraine, the question is how hot the US can make it, or really how hot the Ukrainian civilians will tolerate, because the Russians have the firepower for massive retaliation and they aren’t going to put up with any HIMARS hijinks.
And you are officially an idiot.
Ad hominem ad nauseam.
Name one, troll.
Don’t try to fight a dirty war with Russia. They can sell it to Americans but the blowback is going to be obvious to Ukranians.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…”
Moscow Blames Ukraine for a Series of Drone Attacks Inside Russia
really. it is a war isn’t it?
This is just dumb. Russia has escalation abilities, for example shelling US military bases in Poland, Romania, and even Germany, and we are sending drones to make pin prick attacks inside of Russia.
Very little gain for an increased risk of escalation. I would that this is childish or even infantile, except that people living around US military bases might not like being in the line of fire, especially over some stupid US / Ukrainian temper tantrum.
Escalation is the point. The US can’t win but it can keep the war going and get Ukraine further devastated, make more money for the weapon companies, and create more hatred for the next generation. It’s all good.
I try to think that this is not the point.
Ukrainian drones? Naaaaa US drones supplied by the generosity of the US taxpayers who have nothing to gain from this war, and may have everything to lose if Wash. gets its way to start a war on 3 fronts: Eurasia, Asia and Middle east. That will really make the MIC happy and the rewards in Wash. will be phenomenal.
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