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Ukraine updates: Fresh drone attack targets Russia airfield

Update : 06 Dec 2022, 16:21

Russia has accused Ukraine of targeting an airfield, for the second day in a row. Meanwhile, Kyiv is trying to restore power after Moscow's latest barrage. DW rounds up the latest.

A drone attack targeted on Tuesday a Russian airfield in the border Kursk region, setting fire to an oil storage tank, the region's governor announced.

Roman Starovoyt, the governor of the Kursk region bordering Ukraine, said on the Telegram messaging app that no casualties were reported following Tuesday's attack, adding that the fire was "localized."

The attack comes one day after attacks on two military airfields deep inside Russian territory which killed three soldiers and injured four others. Russia blamed Ukraine for the attack on the Dyagilevo airfield in the Ryazan region and the Engels airfield in the Saratov region.

Ukraine did not claim responsibility for the attacks, but if Russia's accusations are true, it would be the deepest Ukrainian attack inside Russia since the war started on February 24.

The Saratov region is at least 600 km (370 miles) from the nearest Ukrainian border. Many commentators and analysts have suggested that this would mean the Ukrainian forces are capable of hitting Moscow.

The Reuters news agency cited Ukrainian military analyst Serhiy Zgurets as saying that the Dyagilevo and Engels airfields struck on Monday were the only facilities capable of fully servicing bombers used to launch attacks on Ukraine.

The Engels airfield is home to several of Russia's large nuclear-capable strategic bombers the Tu-95 and Tu-160.

The New York Times cited an unnamed senior Ukrainian official on Monday confirming that Kyiv hit two military bases inside Russia using unmanned drones.

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Kyiv has not publicly acknowledged the strikes. The Ukrainian government has previously refused to immediately claim responsibility for attacks on Russia or the Russian-annexed Crimea.

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Ukraine was scrambling on Tuesday to restore power after Russia's latest missile barrage, which caused nationwide power disruptions as temperatures drop during winter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address that "most" of Russia's 70 missiles were shot down. However, the national electricity provider Ukrenergo reported fresh power cuts in all regions.

The head of the Ukrenergo accused Moscow of consulting with power engineers ahead of its anticipated attack to cause as much damage as possible. He added that the attacks coincided with Ukraine's "peak frost" period, with temperatures below freezing point in much of the country.

The latest string of missile attacks come just when emergency blackouts were due to stop.

Previous heavy bombardment by Russia has damaged nearly half of Ukraine's energy system.

Moscow says its strikes target the Ukrainian military, whereas Kyiv accuses it of targeting civilians.

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