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Crimea Base Blast Deals a Blow to the Russian War Machine

  • Russia lost nine aircraft in base explosions, Zelenskiy Says
  • Moscow blamed detonating munitions, denied Ukrainian role
A satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC shows destroyed Russian aircraft at Saky Air Base after an explosion Tuesday.
A satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC shows destroyed Russian aircraft at Saky Air Base after an explosion Tuesday.Photographer: Planet Labs PBC/Planet Labs PBC
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Explosions at a Russian airbase in Crimea that Ukraine says destroyed nine fighter aircraft may indicate new Ukrainian offensive capabilities that complicate Kremlin efforts to support its invading forces, according to European intelligence officials and defense analysts.

“In just one day, the occupiers lost 10 combat aircraft, nine in Crimea and one more in the direction of Zaporizhzhia,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address to the nation. More Russian armored vehicles, ammunition warehouses and logistics routes were also destroyed, and “the more losses the occupiers suffer, the sooner we will be able to liberate our land,” he said.