Ukraine launches 'co-ordinated strikes' against glide bomb Russian airbase - military source

19 May 2024, 18:52 | Updated: 20 May 2024, 02:31

Ukrainian forces have launched "co-ordinated strikes" against an airbase in southern Russia that is used to unleash glide bomb attacks on Ukraine, a military source has said.

The operation, which took place overnight on Saturday, had "significantly reduced" Moscow's ability to use glide bombs against frontline Ukrainian positions, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Ukrainian military source claimed this would "seriously impact" a Russian attempt to advance on the battleground town of Chasiv Yar, in the east of Ukraine.

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The strikes targeted the Kushchyovskaya airbase in Krasnodar Krai, which is in the North Caucasus region in southern Russia, the source said.

The source did not elaborate on what form the "co-ordinated strikes" took.

It was not possible independently to verify the claims.

The source said a number of aircraft - including fighter jets such as the SU-27, SU-34 and SU-35 - are based at the airfield. They are capable of launching munitions fitted with glide bomb technology that pose a huge threat to Ukrainian troops and civilians.

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"The degradation of this airfield and the capability it holds will mean that Russia's ability to bomb Ukrainian troops on the front line is significantly reduced," the source said.

Explaining why Ukraine chose to target the airfield, the source said that it is used to conduct daily strikes on Ukrainian frontline positions, including with glide bombs.

"This airbase and others are used to launch between 100-150 sorties per day, of which a significant number are launching munitions along the frontline positions concentrated around Chasiv Yar," the source said.

Russia has been deploying glide bombs against Ukrainian positions since early 2023.

"These glide bombs were vital in the seizure of Avdiivka and are currently being used heavily in Chasiv Yar. They allow the Russian aircraft to release their bombs further away from the target so they are at less risk from Ukrainian air defence."