Espreso. Global
Review

Remarkable drone attack: Russia loses strategic objects - military expert Zgurets

31 August, 2023 Thursday
13:29

Russia suffered the largest attack, which can also be considered the most successful. In total, dozens of drones were used to attack Pskov, Ryazan, Bryansk, and Moscow. Targets in the Kaluga and Oryol regions were also striked. As a result, three strategic objects in Russia were hit

The largest drone attack on Russia

On the night of August 29-30, Russia striked Kyiv with cruise missiles and Shahed drones. Out of 44 targets, 43 were shot down. However, Russia suffered the largest attack of the night, which can also be considered the most successful. The strike on the airfield in Pskov is the most impressive. The distance from the Ukrainian border to the airfield is over 700 kilometers. This airfield is used as a base for IL-76 aircraft serving the Pskov Airborne Division. As a result of the drone attack, as many as 6 Il-76 aircraft were damaged, 4 of which are definitely beyond repair. This information was confirmed by a spokesman for the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

Generally speaking, this is a great result. Since the total number of such aircraft in the Russian Air Force is 110 Il-76. That is, as a result of a single strike, over 6% of the fleet of these aircraft was disabled at once. There was also a Tu-22 missile carrier at this base, which was also hit by drones. It is worth noting that these Il-76 aircraft were parked in Pskov in open areas. Each of the aircraft had a certain distance between them. This suggests that each target was identified separately.

Another group of drones targeted Bryansk. It stands over 100 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. One of the drones successfully hit the Kremniy EL plant, which is important for the Russian military-industrial complex. This plant produces transistors and microchips that are used in Russian weapons. In particular, in ballistic missiles, S-400 air defense systems, and Su-35 fighter jets. In the Kaluga region, drones hit an oil refinery, causing a pipeline to catch fire. Thus, it can be stated that Ukraine has been able to build up capacities for the massive and powerful use of drones.

At the same time, Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to advance in the Zaporizhzhia direction. South of Robotyne and east of Verbove. In other parts of the front, the Ukrainian army is holding back the Russian offensive in the Lyman-Kupyansk direction. As for the Bakhmut direction, Russian troops are trying to regain lost ground at any cost and are counterattacking Ukrainian positions. Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksandr Syrskyi said this morning that Ukraine is taking all measures to disrupt Russia’s plans and are gradually advancing.

Situation in the Bakhmut direction

The deputy commander of the Hrim special forces tactical unit with the call sign "Did" said that despite the fact that Ukrainian units in the Bakhmut direction have come close to Russian positions, there is a problem with mines that prevents rapid advance. There is also a problem with Russian snipers who are stationed on the outskirts of Bakhmut. The serviceman added that Russian mortar groups are still active. Russian troops have no problems with ammunition for mortars of various calibers. He emphasized that although it is difficult, Ukrainian units are making progress.

Ukrainian sniper groups operations near Bakhmut

A sniper with the call sign "Did" also spoke about the work of sniper groups. He emphasized that the work of such groups depends on the tasks of the command set in different parts of the front. For example, the Ukrainian military have driven the enemy out of their positions and are beginning to fortify themselves in the occupied areas of the front. Immediately afterwards, sniper groups move to these positions and begin to cover our units directly from the trenches. At the same time, the Russians are beginning to fortify other positions.

The main goal is to prevent Russian troops from preparing for defense in the next section of the front. It is not even the elimination of enemy manpower that is important, but the destruction of surveillance equipment. Another target could be a Russian sniper group. "Did" called it a "sniper competition.” The main task in this case is to identify and eliminate enemy snipers. However, this task requires more snipers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Accordingly, the entire algorithm of the sniper groups' work is changing. The goal is to draw the enemy sniper's fire on themselves in order to detect and eliminate the enemy snipers. Ukrainian sniper groups are also often used to storm Russian positions. Mortar and machine gun crews also take an active part in such operations, as the main task for launching an assault is to destroy the enemy's machine gun and mortar positions.

A sniper with the call sign "Did" said that training snipers requires a lot of time and skills. According to him, if a person does not have a certain skill set and experience, it is very difficult to train for combat operations even in a few months. In addition, physical training and endurance of snipers are very important. Sometimes, in order to make a single shot, you need to stay in position for 20 hours. According to "Did", there are situations when there is a certain task and you cannot reveal yourself in any way, no matter how much you want to, you cannot take risks, because other soldiers are working around you and the whole operation depends on each soldier. 

Destruction of Russian electronic warfare systems in the temporarily occupied territories

Andriy Krutykh, a colonel with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and an expert in communications and electronic warfare, named two main reasons why we are now hearing more and more about the destruction of Russian electronic warfare systems. In particular, the impact of these systems on the operation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' drones and communication systems. That is why the Ukrainian Armed Forces began to methodically destroy them. Our intelligence assets, including aerial reconnaissance, are saturated with means that can more accurately target Ukrainian artillery. According to him, the electronic warfare systems that appear in the temporarily occupied territories, such as Svet-KU and Predel-E, are very rare for the Russian army. He emphasized that Svet-KU is a powerful radio monitoring complex that collects information about the electronic situation and allows the command to plan the use of both its own and countermeasures against our electronic means. According to the colonel, the Russian Predel-E mobile coastal surveillance radar of increased stealth was, according to various sources, almost the only model in the Russian Armed Forces.

Colonel Andriy Krutykh also said that it is quite easy to detect a radio-emitting device. Another thing is the distance at which this complex is located. Not every device can be reached by artillery. Some such radio-emitting devices can operate at a depth of up to 30 km. Since the Ukrainian Armed Forces have artillery systems that work at this distance, such devices can be destroyed by artillery fire. However, Soviet-made 152-mm artillery systems do not achieve such goals.

Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Sunday
3 March
20:14
OPINION
How genocide continues
19:42
Russian forces deploy chemical munitions 9 times in Tavria area in 24 hours
19:14
Russian disinformation: Debunking claims about Ukrainian civil servants' pre-offensive "evacuation" from Kherson
18:47
Interview
Radio Liberty CEO Steve Сapus on freedom of speech in Ukraine and how journalism can survive in post-truth era
18:16
Ukraine to use artificial intelligence in demining efforts
17:43
Updated
Russian drone attack on Odesa kills 10, including three children
17:16
Russia suffers record daily losses in February: British intelligence on implications
16:43
Avdiivka front stabilizes amid local successes for Russia
16:14
Interview
Ukraine, Russia face critical moment on frontline — Colonel Grant
15:45
Government allocates UAH 1.3 billion for Zaporizhzhia direction fortifications
15:16
OPINION
There are quite enough Chamberlains and Deladiers today
14:46
Exclusive
Why Russia is doubling down on Avdiivka direction: Analysis by military expert Popovych
14:15
Exclusive
Map of fighting in Bakhmut sector
Defending Chasiv Yar: Ukrainian Armed Forces take measures to thwart Russian capture
13:45
Russia claims it repelled drone attack, downing 38 drones over Crimea
13:17
Russia risks losing aircraft to advance in Avdiivka – ISW report
12:47
Ukraine braces for new Kremlin disinformation campaign against Zelenskyy - Bloomberg
11:56
Interview
Chances that Biden administration will agree with Macron's statements are zero — Ambassador Bolton
11:26
Russia loses aircraft, 35 artillery systems, and 1,160 soldiers in one day – General Staff
10:56
Russian troops attack Myrnohrad with missiles at night, killing civilians
2024, Saturday
2 March
20:30
Aircraft carrier for drones to be built in Black Sea by Portugal’s request
20:11
Exclusive
Putin breaks golden rule of intelligence: expert on publication of Bundeswehr talks about Taurus strike on Crimea bridge
19:55
Exclusive
Crimea bridge is primary strategic target to be destroyed - British Colonel Grant
19:39
Ukraine shoots down another Russian Su-34 fighter jet
19:24
Ukrainian army targets 336 Russian soldiers and 258 UAVs in Tavria sector
19:06
Russia signals readiness to hand over bodies of POWs from IL-76: Ukrainian military intelligence responds
18:26
"Better give Ukraine weapons than send troops" - Polish Defense Minister
17:58
Exclusive
Kremlin played it safe with its main opponent - Feygin on Navalny's murder
17:30
Exclusive
Putin perceives West as very weak — British Colonel Grant
16:56
Bedbugs in Paris: Russian agents spread panic, link it to Ukrainian refugees
16:29
Exclusive
Russia sends battalion for assaults every day - Ukrainian military on fighting in Kreminna sector
16:00
Substation supplying three defense plants explodes in Yekaterinburg, Russia
15:47
Updated
Russian drones attack Kharkiv and Odesa, killing at least 5, including child
15:35
Russia announces test of Yars ballistic missile to scare West, force it to cut Ukraine aid - ISW
15:02
Exclusive
Operation on Tendra Spit, where Ukrainian spec ops soldiers died, had no strategic or tactical value - Major General Kryvonos
14:33
Review
Map of fighting in Bakhmut sector
NATO in Ukraine. Repulsing attacks in Zaporizhzhia region, situation in Avdiivka. Weekly military results 
13:55
Review
Ukraine’s demographic apocalypse: millions of refugees, war losses and how to address population challenges
13:23
"A lot depends on commander": Syrskyi explains why some AFU brigades fail to hold line
12:55
Argentina donates two Russian-built military helicopters to Ukraine
12:30
Updated
Russian army loses 14 tanks, 47 artillery systems, 960 troops per day - Ukraine's General Staff
12:00
Russian night attack: air defense forces destroy 14 of 17 Russian Shahed drones
More news