Ukraine’s air force has announced that up to a dozen Russian aircraft have been destroyed in an explosion on Tuesday at the Saky air base in Crimea.
Political sources in Ukraine said the country had carried out the attack, but Kiev has not officially acknowledged the attack, the Guardian reports.
Yuriy Ignat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian air force, told Ukrainian national television that studying video footage of the incident, it was clear that “the plane’s weapons depot was hit. And if a dozen planes are destroyed there, it will be a small real victory.”
Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, mentioned the attack in his latest national address Wednesday night. “In just one day, they lost 10 fighter jets: nine in Crimea and one more in the direction of Zaporizhzhia,” he said. “They also suffer new losses of armored vehicles, ammunition warehouses and logistics routes,” he added.
Experts believe ukraine’s diffuse messages about the attack are part of a strategy to maintain some ambiguity about the means used, prompting widespread speculation about how Kiev has been able to attack Russian airlines so precisely, in one of the first attacks on Crimean soil since the Russian invasion began last February.