Three people were killed and six were injured when a fuel tanker exploded at Russia’s military airport in Ryazan, southeast of Moscow. Explosions were also reported at the Engels-2 airbase in Russia’s Saratov region. The airbase hosts Tu-95 bombers that were used for cruise missile attacks against Ukraine.
The Ryazan airbase is located 185 kilometers from Moscow and also hosts Tu-95 bombers. “I want to assure you that no emergency occurred in residential areas of the city. There is no reason for concern. No civilian infrastructure was damaged,” Reuters quoted a telegram posted by the governor of the Saratov region, Roman Busargin, as saying. Quoted. He added that law enforcement agencies are inquiring about the air strikes.
The Engels base is about 730 kilometers southeast of Moscow. The Guardian reported that Engels airbase was an important military site for Russia in the context of air force operations against Ukraine and its strategic nuclear forces. The publication reported that the airbase has a nuclear weapons storage bunker that could be deployed on Russia’s long-range strategic bombers.
Both Ryazan and Saratov are located hundreds of miles from the border with Ukraine.
Responding to media questions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had no specific information about the attacks but said Russian President Vladimir Putin knew about them.
Mykhailo Podolić, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, wrote on Twitter: “Sooner or later the unidentified flying objects will return to (their) departure if launched into the airspace of some other countries.
point,” Reuters reported. If confirmed as Ukraine’s operation, the strike on Engels airbase would be Ukraine’s most daring assault behind Russian lines.