The Russian Defense Ministry claimed on January 1, 2023 that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) production facility struck by Russia is likely to be related to UAVs deployed by the Ukrainian military to attack targets on Russian territory.
Russia wanted to prevent Ukraine from using UAVs to attack targets in Russian territory with the new missile raid. The Russian Defense Ministry declared that the missile raid was a success.
The Ukrainian UAV production plant was destroyed in the raid a day earlier. The location where Kiev houses the recently manufactured UAV was also a target of the raid. The Russian Defense Ministry’s announcement made clear that the UAV launch pad had been destroyed.
As a result of the raid’s accomplishment of its goals, the Russian Defense Ministry declared that Ukraine will ultimately be unable to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to strike Russian territory.
General Valery Zaluzhny, the head of the Ukrainian armed forces, reported that 20 long-range missiles were launched by Russia from strategic bombers and ground-based launchers. General Zaluzhny declared that 12 missiles were intercepted by Ukraine’s air defence.
According to Vitaly Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, the Russian raid resulted in one death and 20 injuries. Russian missiles also struck the cities of Nikolaev and Khmelnitsky, according to local authorities.
According to reports, on December 5, Ukraine utilised a long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time to strike targets at a vital Russian airbase in the Saratov and Ryazan districts. These two bases are tucked away in the interior of Russia.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a UAV with Soviet characteristics attacked, causing the deaths of three service members and damage to two aircraft.
Russia charged Ukraine on December 23 with attacking the Engels airbase in the Saratov region using long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Three Russian personnel were also killed in the event, but there was no harm done to military equipment.
Observers claim that Ukraine uses the Tu-141 variant of UAV. This UAV aircraft has a maximum flight range of 1,000 kilometres and weights close to 6 tonnes.
Ukraine is also said to have deployed tiny drones to assault Russian military locations in the Crimean peninsula during the 11-month conflict.