Russian 'missile factory explodes near Moscow in latest Ukrainian drone strike'

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  • The attack is another major blow to Putin as Ukraine ramps up its drone attacks

A key Russian plant producing electronics for Vladimir Putin’s missiles has been struck in Ukraine’s latest drone attack on the aggressor nation, Kyiv has claimed.

A kamikaze drone strike on Lyubertsy close to Moscow hit the Tomilinsky Electronics Plant research and production enterprise, claimed Kyiv.

The attack is another major blow to Putin as Ukraine ramps up its drone attacks on Russia.

The extent of casualties and damage to Russia’s vital missile factory was not immediately clear.

Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin earlier suggested that the drone had been shot down, and caused no damage.

Ukraine claims to have hit Moscow's Tomilinsky Electronics Factory, producing electronics for missiles. Smoke is seen pluming out of a building said to be the factory

Ukraine claims to have hit Moscow’s Tomilinsky Electronics Factory, producing electronics for missiles. Smoke is seen pluming out of a building said to be the factory

A drone attack in the Moscow region is pictured in the sky today, September 1

A drone attack in the Moscow region is pictured in the sky today, September 1

‘Today, air defence forces near Lyubertsy thwarted another attempt to fly a drone to Moscow,’ the Moscow mayor said.

A video evidently showed smoke pouring from the secret electronics plant, it was reported.

The Ukrainian defence ministry claimed the fire at the missile electronics plant was from a drone, according to a report in Kyiv.

This was said to be an attack staged by Ukrainian military intelligence.

‘It was the GUR’s operation, it was a success and there will be more,’ said a source according to Ukrainskaya Pravda.

Footage was seen of the drone which buzzed Lyubertsy.

Intelligence spokesman Andrey Yusov said: ‘A workshop producing electronics for missiles is on fire.

‘Why it burns and who made it burn, we do not comment. But the fact is it is burning.

‘And the statements of representatives of the Moscow authorities that they shot down something do not correspond to reality’.

Ukraine claims to have him Moscow's Tomilinsky Electronics Factory, producing electronics for missiles

Ukraine claims to have him Moscow’s Tomilinsky Electronics Factory, producing electronics for missiles

Footage appeared to show a drone exploding near the Moscow region earlier today

Footage appeared to show a drone exploding near the Moscow region earlier today

Moscow's Tomilinsky Electronics Factory (pictured) was hit by the drone attack, Ukraine claims

Moscow’s Tomilinsky Electronics Factory (pictured) was hit by the drone attack, Ukraine claims

In other strikes, a drone was downed in northern Russian military city Pskov.

Elsewhere, satellite images indicated that a major drone barrage earlier this week destroyed at least two Ilyushin Il-76 planes at an air base, officials said.

The images taken on Thursday show Princess Olga Pskov International Airport, which is a dual military-civilian airport about 400 miles north of the Ukrainian border and near Estonia and Latvia.

The four-engine Il-76 is the workhorse of the Russian military’s airlift capacity, able to land and take off in rugged conditions. The Russian military is believed to have over 100 of them in its fleet.

Analysis showed what appeared to the blackened hulks of two Il-76s on separate parking pads on the air base’s apron.

One included the plane’s tail, the other appeared to show pieces of another aircraft. Fire damage could be seen around the pad.

Eleven other Il-76s had been moved off their parking pads into different positions on the airport’s taxiways, possibly in an attempt to make it more difficult for them to be struck again. One was on the runway itself. Another Il-76 remained on the pad, though it was not clear why.

Local reports said Ukrainian drone attacks on the air base had damaged four Il-76s.

Satellite images showed that suspected Ukrainian drone attacks destroyed at least two Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes at the dual military-civilian use Princess Olga Pskov International Airport in Pskov, Russia

Satellite images showed that suspected Ukrainian drone attacks destroyed at least two Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes at the dual military-civilian use Princess Olga Pskov International Airport in Pskov, Russia

Satellite images indicated that a major drone barrage earlier this week destroyed at least two Ilyushin Il-76 planes at an air base, officials said

Satellite images indicated that a major drone barrage earlier this week destroyed at least two Ilyushin Il-76 planes at an air base, officials said

A Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transporter plane is pictured. Two Ilyushin Il-76 planes were destroyed at an air base earlier this week, reports said

A Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transporter plane is pictured. Two Ilyushin Il-76 planes were destroyed at an air base earlier this week, reports said

The satellite image was taken at 1.03pm GMT (2.03pm BST) on Thursday. Videos on social media on Thursday night showed anti-aircraft fire at the air base again, though it remains unclear whether this meant another attack was taking place.

The air base at Pskov was initially targeted on Tuesday night, but cloud cover prevented satellites from obtaining an unobstructed picture.

On Thursday, Zelensky said his country had developed a weapon that hit a target 400 miles away, apparently referencing the air base attack. He described the weapon as being produced by Ukraine’s ministry of strategic industries but gave no other details.

The Kremlin’s forces have targeted Ukraine with numerous salvos of Iranian-made exploding drones in the war over the past year.




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