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Does the Drone Strike in Russia show Ukraine’s Strength or Weakness?

A summary of the articles and news clips featured below: The first article presents the known facts about the drone strikes inside Russia, as reported by South Front. The second article presents what Russia officials will confirm, as reported by i-News (included are relevant excerpts from Zero Hedge). NEXT – A BBC news program analyzes the situation from a Western angle – “strategically, it was about boosting morale.” ON THE FLIP SIDE: The last article argues that the strike revealed the weaknesses of the drones.

1 – Drone War Over Russia

From South Front – In recent days, numerous drone attacks targeted various regions of Russia and Belarus. The Kiev regime and its accomplices are undoubtedly behind the massive attempts to strike at the Union state. However, so far none of the attacks has resulted in any significant damage.

On February 26, there were reports of a drone strike at the Machulishchi military airfield located near Minsk. Belarusian oppositional resources, sponsored by Poland, claimed that the Russian A-50 AWACS aircraft was hit. However, satellite imagery did not confirm any damage to the aircraft. The incident at the airfield also was not officially confirmed by Belarusian authorities.

On February 27 and 28, Ukrainian forces launched several drone strikes on the territory of Russia.

One of the UAVs crashed in the Surazhsky district in the Bryansk region, without reaching its target.

Four Ukrainian UAVs, packed with British-made PE8 I23A1 explosives, were intercepted by Russian electronic warfare over the city of Belgorod. The drone fell into the streets, damaging parked cars and a shopping center.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that two enemy drones were intercepted in the southern regions. The UAVs were suppressed by electronic warfare units, lost control and deviated from the trajectory.

One of the targets of the attacks was an oil depot in the city of Tuapse, where one of the outbuildings was damaged. According to unconfirmed reports, the facility could have been attacked by an Israeli-made tactical Aerostar UAV packed with explosives.

The second UAV was the Soviet-made Tu-141 Strizh, which crashed near the village of Novy in Adygea, damaging a local farm.

For the first time, a Ukrainian UAV reached the Moscow region. The Ukrainian-made UJ-22 Airborne crashed near a gas station in the Kolomenskoye district. Probably, the device was going at a low altitude in an attempt to bypass Russian air defenses and caught on branches, or lost its way.

The airspace was temporarily closed in the Leningrad region. According to unconfirmed reports, a NATO UAV simulator was spotted in the air. Later, the Russian Defense Ministry explained the incident as a readiness check and training.

Later, local sources reported a fire near the Yeysk airport in the Krasnodar region. However, reports of another UAV attack were refuted. The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia reported that exercises were being held on the training ground.

During the attacks on the Russian territory, several aircraft of the US Air Force and its NATO allies operated simultaneously over the Black Sea. On February 28, an American RQ-4B drone, British RC-135 accompanied by two Typhoon tactical aircraft, a French E-3F and an Italian G-550 AWACS aircraft were spotted in the area.

This is more evidence that the Ukrainian military is not only using NATO weapons to strike Russia but these operations are also closely coordinated by Kiev’s western patrons.

DGTV – Drone War Over Russia

Source: South Front – Drone War Over Russia

Air attacks were reported across the country, including one close to Moscow, as military analysts suggested Ukraine is opening a new front in the war:

2 – Russia fears drone warfare inside its borders after suspected attacks on Moscow and St Petersburg

by Kieron Monks, i-News

Airspace over St Petersburg was shut down on Tuesday morning as fighter jets scrambled to investigate a mystery object close to Russia’s second city. Russian military pundits expressed fears that Ukraine may be opening a new “drone front” in the war as aerial attacks were reported across the country, including the Moscow region.

Image purported to be the drone shot down in the Moscow region.

St Petersburg authorities announced the closure without specifying a reason and flight trackers confirmed clear skies over the city, before air traffic was allowed to resume by the afternoon.

Russian military analysts claimed that a “carpet signal” had been issued for St Petersburg, a protocol triggered by unexplained incursions.

“A carpet plan is introduced in case of illegal border crossing, as well as when unidentified objects appear in the airspace,” reported Telegram channel Baza. “The signal means that all aircraft must immediately land or leave the area.”

Flight Radar maps showed clear skies over St Petersburg.

Russian officials also reported a hacking attack on broadcast networks that resulted in air raid alerts being issued in several regions, including Crimea.

“As a result of the hacking of servers of radio stations and TV channels, in some regions of the country information about the announcement of an air alert was broadcast,” the ministry said.

Gazprom Media, which operates a network of TV channels, said its services had been attacked. “Such attacks on our satellite network are becoming part of our everyday work,” a spokesperson said.

Several more aerial incursions were reported elsewhere in the country on Tuesday.

A drone crashed near a gas station southeast of Moscow, according to regional governor Andrei Vorobyov. If confirmed, it would be the closest strike to the Russian capital since the start of the war.

Rosneft oil plant in Krasnodar, southern Russia, after a reported air attack.

The governor posted a photo of the object and claimed it was aimed at a “civil infrastructure facility” but no damage was caused.

Russian state media reported that the drone was likely a UJ-22 kamikaze model produced in Ukraine.

Another drone attack caused a fire at an oil depot in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, according to several outlets.

ZeroHedge Excerpt – Mass Drone Attack Unleashes Chaos, Air Raid Sirens Inside Russia

The attack on the oil facility happened in Tuapse, which lies about 150 miles southeast of the Crimean peninsula, with Reuters citing local media to report, “Emergency services put out a fire at an oil depot in southern Russia overnight after a drone was spotted flying overhead, the RIA news agency said on Tuesday.” Crucially, Tuapse is about 500 kilometers from the nearest Ukrainian-held territory, which exhibits significant reach assuming the UAV was launched by the Ukrainians.

“Two unidentified aircraft exploded at 2 a.m. on the territory of the oil depot,” Astrareported. “The oil storage tank was not damaged.”

The blaze was extinguished 20 minutes later, according to the channel, with no casualties.

Another drone attack was reported in the Adygea region of the North Caucasus.

“An unidentified aircraft crashed at night in the village of Novy, Giaginsky District of Adygea,” said Murat Kumpilov, head of the Republic of Adygea, with a photo of the wreckage. “An investigative and operational team is working at the scene.”

Wreckage from the aerial attack in the Republic of Adygea

Russia’s defence ministry said both sites were attacked by Ukrainian drones, which had been destroyed.

ZeroHedge Excerpt – Mass Drone Attack Unleashes Chaos, Air Raid Sirens Inside Russia

The Russian defense ministry in a statement made mention of another drone attack in southern Russia, close in time to the attack on the oil facility which it says was intercepted: The attacks — in the Krasnodar and Adygea regions — had been suppressed” and failed to inflict any damage, it said. But it followed reports by Russian state news agencies of a fire at an oil depot in Krasnodar, around 240km south-east of the Crimean peninsula, after a drone was spotted flying overhead. The Russian defense ministry stated that “The Kyiv regime attempted to use unmanned aerial vehicles to attack civilian infrastructure in the Krasnodar region and the Adygea Republic.” It claimed further,  “The UAVs were neutralized by electronic warfare units.”

“The Kyiv regime attempted to use drones to attack civilian infrastructure in the Krasnodar Territory and the Republic of Adygea,” said the ministry. “Russian Armed Forces electronic warfare units suppressed the UAVs. Both drones lost control and deviated from their flight path.”

Russian military blogger Rybar reported that drones also attacked targets in Russia’s border region of Belgorod, and suggested the wave of air attacks could mark the opening of a new front of the war.

“Today’s strikes… were the first test of UAF’s (Ukrainian Armed Forces’) drone systems for launching a wide front,” said Rybar on Telegram.

“On December 31, we told about the technical readiness of the UAF to carry out massive drone strikes deep into Russian territories.”

Source: i News – Russia fears drone warfare inside its borders after suspected attacks on Moscow and St Petersburg

3 – BBC: Ukraine War – Kyiv uses drones to strike inside Russia

DGTV – Ukraine War Kyiv uses drones to strike inside Russia

Tactically, this strike is relatively insignificant; but strategically, it is important because it takes the fight to Russia, the presenter explains. The Ukrainian strikes are to raise moral, he goes on with a Westernized spin.

While the BBC presenter (in the video above) says the strike was strategic, this analysis below begs to differ:

4 – The drone attack revealed the weaknesses of the Ukrainian unmanned aircraft

by Sergey Adams,

Unmanned attacks in several Russian regions, from Belgorod and Krasnodar Krai to the Moscow region, impressed with its massiveness. But not performance, military analysts say. The study of each of the “arrivals” shows not only the well-known cunning of the organizers of the attack, but also the weaknesses of the Ukrainian UAVs and their launch strategy. But Kiev is quickly adapting to the countermeasures taken by our air defense forces, experts warn.

Ukraine does not strike on Russian territory, said March 1, Mikhail Podolyak — Advisor to the head of the office of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. But the Russian Defense Ministry is sure that the Kiev leadership is behind the raid of kamikaze drones that fell on the night of February 27-28.

Reports of the most massive attack of drones since the beginning of the CVO, we recall, came from the Belgorod region, the Krasnodar Territory and Adygea, as well as from the Moscow region. In St. Petersburg, the airport was temporarily suspended. A number of media reported that an unknown aircraft was seen in the sky over the city, but the Russian Defense Ministry denied these publications, saying that air defense forces conducted exercises in the region.

The first reports of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) came from Belgorod. Three drones of an unidentified model fell on the streets of the city. At the crash site were found checkers of plastic explosives PE8 I23A1, equipped with striking elements of metal balls.

In Tuapse (Krasnodar Territory), the drone strike fell on the territory of the oil depot, without casualties and serious destruction. Another vehicle flew past the target and fell in the vicinity of Maikop. According to the wreckage, it was established that in both cases we are talking about reconnaissance drones Tu-141 “Strizh”, which the APU is converted into kamikaze drones.

Another fallen UAV was found in the Kolomna district of the Moscow region. The wreckage was identified UJ 22 Airborne drone produced by the Kiev company “Ukrjet”, one of the largest unmanned vehicles of Ukrainian production.

Foreign UAVs attacking Russian targets, as a rule, make their flights in radio silence mode and on the path pre-programmed in them, explained REGNUM expert on unmanned aircraft, editor-in-chief of the Internet portal Denis Fedutinov. “The flight takes place at low altitudes, I would not be surprised if the terrain is also taken into account when laying the route,” the expert added.

But the actual practical goals of the organizers of the attack did not reach, experts believe. During the day, at least six drones of different models were launched towards Russia, and only one of them reached the goal, so the attack can be considered a failure. APU fails their own tactics, which leads to accidents of the devices, told IA REGNUM military expert Alexander Mikhailovsky.

“Let’s first analyze each case separately,” the interlocutor noted. The first is Belgorod. There are reports of drones appearing at night because the city is almost on the border, flying close. On the Internet there were shots on which the flight of drones was captured, which is characteristic – at an extremely low altitude. “

The same can be said about the Tu-141, trying to hit targets in Maikop and Tuapse. “They came from the sea and again went at ultra-low altitude to hide from radar. Finally, the drone in the suburbs again fell, most likely, clinging to a tree or a power line tower. Because he was flying low. That is, it is obvious that they seek to protect themselves from air defense systems at the expense of such a simple technique, ”said Mikhailovsky.

Earlier, the organizers of the attacks of Ukrainian UAVs “acted very boldly when they sent drones deep into Russian territory,” the expert notes.

“They used unusual routes, changing the course of the drones based on their data on the activity of the Russian air defense system. Then the air defense forces figured out the tactics, took action. All tried to adapt — and failed,” says Mikhailovsky.

In mid-January, a Tu-141 drone crashed in the Voronezh region. Then, on February 6, there were reports of the fall of two drones of this model in the Kaluga region and in Ukraine in the Sumy region, near the border, the expert listed. “In all three cases, the drones fell because they tried to go below the radar level and caught ground obstacles. As you can see, the attempt to deceive [the forces] air defense failed. And February 27-28 — also failed,” — said the expert.

But do not relax and believe that Ukraine will voluntarily abandon plans to use drones for strikes in the depths of Russian territory, said Mikhailovsky. According to him, the command of the Armed Forces changes tactics and seeks to find weaknesses in the Russian defense.

“They used to do single shots. Then they switched to pairs: one distracts, and the second attacks, or attacks both. They started with insurance. The tactic didn’t work. Now they decided to attack immediately in a number of directions and very inventive. And directly – in Belgorod, and at a distance – in the Moscow region and over the sea bypassing the Crimea, which in general was a rather bold decision,” the expert admitted.

It is necessary to praise the air defense forces of the Crimea, which repelled the attacking drones from Sevastopol, Mikhailovsky added.

“Now the UAVs prefer to look for other targets, easier. Again, this is an adaptation. They do not ram the barrier with their foreheads, but try different models, different routes, ”the expert noted. – Now their weak point is the need to move at an ultra-low altitude, which leads to drone accidents. I’d imagine what they’d do next, but I don’t want to give them ideas. But they won’t stop, that’s for sure. The first strike our air defense withstood, the second, it seems, too. But this is clearly not the end.”

Source: Posted in English by Dmitry Gayvoronsky ( – 1 March 2023) from – The drone attack revealed the weaknesses of the Ukrainian unmanned aircraft

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