Russia lost over half of its naval aviation in Saky airfield strike

19 August, 06:04 PM
Destroyed aircraft of the Russian invaders at the Saki airbase in the Novofedorivka region, Crimea, August 10, 2022 (Photo:Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS)

Destroyed aircraft of the Russian invaders at the Saki airbase in the Novofedorivka region, Crimea, August 10, 2022 (Photo:Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS)

A Ukrainian strike on the Saky airbase in occupied Crimea has “knocked out” more than half of Russia’s naval aircraft, UK newspaper The Guardian reported on Aug. 19, citing an unnamed Western defense official.

The real story is about (Russia's) Black Sea Fleet: they've lost their flag-ship Moskva, they lost Snake Island, they lost half of their naval aviation package and their military headquarters was struck,” ITV journalist Emma Burrows said in a Twitter post, quoting the same source.

The report suggests that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is “taking a very defensive position,” hoping to avoid getting in the line of fire, adding that its “credibility has been diminished.”

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According to an earlier report by Reuters, recent Ukrainian strikes deep into Russia-held territory are disrupting Moscow’s logistics and “psycho-logically affects” Russian leadership.

A series of explosions laid waste to a Russian airbase near Saky, in occupied Crimea, on Aug. 9. U.S. media later reported Ukraine was behind the attack, although Kyiv officially denies responsibility.

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