Russia loses 9 aircraft at airbase in Crimea

WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST 2022 10:47 PM
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia lost nine fighter jets at the Saky airbase in Russian-held Crimea on Aug. 9.
Source: President's video address; Satellite imagery published on Facebook by Skhemy, an investigative reporting division of Radio Svoboda (Radio Liberty).
Quote: “In just one day, the occupiers lost 10 warplanes: nine in Crimea and another on the Zaporizhia front. The occupiers also suffered new casualties of armored vehicles, an ammunition dump, and supply routes..."
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Details: Meanwhile, Skhemy has released photos of the airbase near the settlement of Novofedorivka in Russian-occupied Crimea, provided by the satellite imagery service Planet Labs.
The images show the locations that were hit and where the Russian aircraft in question, including Su-30SM fighter jets and Su-24M attack jets, were stationed before the blasts.
Previous: In the morning, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian Armed Forces lost nine planes in the war against Ukraine the day before. The Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported the destruction of about 10 aircraft as a result of explosions at the Saky air base in Crimea.
Background:
On August 9, explosions occurred at the military airfield near Novofedorivka in the Saky district of Russian-occupied Crimea. Crimea residents have posted videos on social media showing at least two epicenters of the fire and said they heard between 7 and 12 explosions.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the fire at Saky airbase was caused by the detonation of multiple aircraft munitions. Later, a source from the Russian Defense Ministry told the Russian state news agency TASS that fire safety requirements had been violated at the Saky air base.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said it could not determine the cause of the fire in Novofedorivka.
The New York Times, citing a "senior Ukrainian military official," wrote that Ukrainian forces were allegedly behind the explosion at the airbase in occupied Crimea.
Mykhailo Podoliak, senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, said Kyiv was not involved in the explosions at the airbase near Novofedorivka in Russian-held Crimea.
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