New satellite imagery from Oct. 18 reveals the damage caused to an airfield in Russian-occupied Berdiansk following a strike by Army Tactical Missiles Systems (ATACMS) the day before.
The images, from Planet Labs and published by the Schemes project from RF/ERL's Ukrainian service, show a damaged runway and what appear to be scorch marks where the destroyed helicopters had been parked.
The military airfields in occupied Berdiansk and Luhansk were hit by the U.S.-supplied ATACMS on Oct. 17, marking their first use on the battlefield.
The strikes reportedly destroyed nine helicopters, an air defense system, and an ammunition warehouse, and killed dozens of Russian soldiers.
It was earlier reported on Oct. 18 that the U.S. had provided Ukraine with 20 ATACMS in secret, so as not to alert Russian forces of their presence.
The ATACMS that Ukraine now possesses are an older variation, with a range of up to 165 kilometers.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that the new weapon at Ukraine's disposal will likely force Russia to make difficult decisions about the locations of their weapons depots behind the front lines and create new challenges for the Russian military's logistics.