Skip to content
Edit post

Sources: SBU attack against Russia's Morozovsk airbase destroys 6 planes

by Martin Fornusek April 5, 2024 11:27 AM 2 min read
Illustrative purposes only: Russian military personnel site inside a Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft before taking to Ukraine on March 8, 2024. (Russian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.

Become a member Support us just once

Editor's note: The article was updated with new information from the source that Su-27, not Su-24 aircraft, were based at the Morozovsk airbase.

An overnight attack against the Russian Morozovsk airbase on April 5 was carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in cooperation with Ukraine's military, sources familiar with the matter told the Kyiv Independent.

Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-27 fighters were based at the airfield, the source said. Russia uses these aircraft to drop aerial bombs on Ukrainian military positions and Ukrainian front-line cities, according to the source.

Both Su-34 and Su-27 planes are estimated to cost over $35 million a piece.

At least six military aircraft were destroyed, and another eight were damaged, according to the source. Furthermore, about 20 Russian soldiers were reportedly killed or wounded.

The Kyiv Independent could not independently verify the information.

"This is an important special operation that will significantly reduce the combat potential of the (Russian forces)," the source commented.

Subscribe to Ukraine Daily newsletter
News from Ukraine in your inbox

Earlier on April 5, Russia reported a massive Ukrainian drone attack against several Russian regions, claiming to down 53 drones.

Russia's Defense Ministry claimed that the majority of the drones – 44 – were shot down over Rostov Oblast, where the Morozovsk airbase is located. Earlier, claims appeared on Telegram channels that explosions were heard near the airbase.

Six more drones were allegedly downed in Krasnodar Krai, and one each in Kursk, Saratov, and Belgorod oblasts, the Russian Defense Ministry alleged.

Telegram channels reported explosions also near the Engels and Yeysk airbases, which are located in the Saratov and Krasnodar regions, respectively, but this information was not confirmed by Russian officials or the Kyiv Independent's sources.

In March, Ukrainian media reported that Ukrainian drones attacked the Engels base, claiming that "targets were hit" without clarifying which ones. Citing satellite images, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Schemes project said that there were 11 Russian military aircraft at the Engels airbase at the time of the attack, including six Tu-95 and three Tu-160 bombers.

Russia reports massive Ukrainian drone strike amid claims of airbase attacks
According to the regional governor, Russian air defense units intercepted over 40 drones targeting a military airfield in Rostov Oblast’s Morozovsk district. Local Telegram channels claimed, citing residents, that the drones targeted a local airbase.
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
1:05 PM

Russian strike hits Zaporizhzhia airport terminal.

A Russian attack on May 26 hit the Zaporizhzhia International Airport, said Volodymyr Marchuk, an official at the Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration, in a comment for the Kyiv Independent on May 27.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.