How did explosions happen at Russian airbases deep inside Russian territory?

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Russia Map Reveals How Ukraine Drones Attacked Deep Inside Country

By Brendan Cole On 12/7/22 at 10:44 AM EST

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Drone strikes deep inside Russian territory reportedly carried out by Ukraine could cause some sleepless nights for those in Vladimir Putin‘s inner circle.
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This Newsweek graphic shows the areas inside Russia that were struck by what Moscow has said were drones sent by Ukraine. The strikes hit the Kursk, Ryazan and Saratov regions.
Newsweek

“They very possibly just demonstrated a new capability to hit anywhere in Russia,” said retired U.S. Army Major John Spencer, a leading urban warfare expert, who described these strikes as a “very big moment in the war.”
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“If Ukraine truly has the ability to send drones over 600 kilometers into Russia to strike at their strategic military capability,” Spencer told Newsweek, “it will mean Russia will have to use a lot of resources, [such as] manpower, air defense capabilities, to defend a lot of sites they falsely believed were untouchable.”

He said it showed weaknesses in Russian airspace and it was “very smart” for Ukraine to hit military locations, rather than the civilian infrastructure that Moscow’s forces have targeted, which has led to widespread blackouts.

“Now the Russian government must decide what capabilities, possibly out of Ukraine at least in the near term, have to be repositioned to prevent these types of attacks from happening again,” said Spencer, who is Chair of Urban Warfare Studies with the Madison Policy Forum.

Senior western officials cited by Reuters said on Tuesday that the attacks were the furthest inside Russia since the war began and so will have struck a “psychological blow, as Moscow would have to consider how to keep its long-range, nuclear-capable bombers safe.
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State-owned weapons manufacturer Ukroboronprom has recently indicated it is close to finishing work on a new long-range drone. In October, it posted on Facebook what appeared to be the device’s structure which it said had a range of 1,000 km (620 miles), although there is no indication that the drone is ready for deployment.

“Ukraine likely has limited stocks of long-range drones but will almost certainly be rapidly developing more,” said former British military intelligence officer Philip Ingram.

He told Newsweek that Kyiv would want to counter Russia’s missile attacks on civilian infrastructure across Ukraine “with deniable strikes back into Russia—not huge numbers, but enough to send a message that nowhere is safe.”

Marcel Van Herpen, the author of Putin’s Wars and director of the Dutch think tank, the Cicero Foundation, said that the strikes show Ukraine’s ability to organize a forward defense without the help of the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-map-ukraine-drone-attacks-kursk-saratov-ryazan-1765367

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