Russian air force major, bomber pilot, killed in drone strike at Dyagilevo airfield – media reports
Major of the Air Force of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Navlyutov died as a result of an attack on the Diaghilev airfield (Photo:Нова газета-Рязань)
Russian Air Force Major Yevgeny Navlyutov was killed in a drone strike at Dyagilevo airfield near the city of Ryazan, Russia, on Dec. 5, the Novaya Gazeta-Ryazan newspaper reported on Dec. 9.
Alexander Shnotin, who came to the airfield on a “business trip,” was also killed, as was Andrey Stolyarov.
According to media reports, five people were injured as a result of the attack, widely suspected to have been carried out by Ukraine, though Kyiv has not said it was responsible.
As a result of the attack, a fuel truck caught fire at Dyagilevo airfield near the city of Ryazan on Dec. 5, causing an explosion. According to satellite images, a Tu-22M aircraft nearby likely suffered damage.
On the same day, an unidentified UAV crashed into the flight line at the Engels-2 airbase in Russia’s Saratov Oblast. Satellite imagery recorded possible damage to a Tu-95 strategic bomber – an aircraft Russia uses to launch cruise missiles at targets in Ukraine.
Later, on Dec. 6, another drone attack was reported – this time on an airfield in Kursk. The resulting fire at the airfield was recorded by satellites of the Planet Labs service.
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