Unidentified aircraft crashes near Adygea in south of Russia

28 February, 01:07 PM
The authorities of Adygea do not say what kind of object fell on the territory of the republic (Photo:Мурат Кумпілов/Telegram)

The authorities of Adygea do not say what kind of object fell on the territory of the republic (Photo:Мурат Кумпілов/Telegram)

What is going on in the skies above Russia?

Internet users have been left scratching their heads at a series of reports of unexplained breaches of Russian airspace that closed a major airport and may have involved a bomb attack on an oil refinery.

In the latest reported incident, "an unidentified aircraft" reportedly crashed in the Republic of Adygea on the south of Russia not far from the Black Sea, the head of the republic Murat Kumpilov reported on Telegram on Feb. 28.

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The aircraft fell near the settlement of Novyi in the republic’s Giaginskaya District.

Kumpilov also published images from the spot.

Марат Кумпілов/Telegram
Photo: Марат Кумпілов/Telegram

He said an investigative team had arrived at the scene. There were no casualties reported, but slight damage was caused to the outbuilding of a local farm.

Adygea is contained completely within the borders of Russia’s Krasnodar Krai region, which is connected to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea via the illegally-constructed Kerch Bridge.

Other unexplained crashes of drone in Russia were also reported overnight – in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast near the Ukrainian border in Kharkiv Oblast the crashes of three UAVs were reported on Feb. 28.

An incident was reported the same day in another Russian town – Tuapse in Krasnodar Krai. Two unknown drones exploded at and oil depot on Feb. 28. A massive fire broke out at the facilities due to the explosions.

And in the Russian northern city of St. Petersburg, an emergency plan called “Kovyor” (meaning “carpet” in Russian) was activated during the morning due to an unknown object being detected in the airspace above the city. The airports were closed in the city, but they were reopened after an hour at about noon.

There were no further reports of the “UFO” in Russian airspace, and the Russian authorities later claimed it had been a training exercise – the activation of the plan is a very rare event.

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