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Engels airbase: Three Russian servicemen killed after drone shot down

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Three Russian servicemen have been killed Monday after a Ukrainian drone was shot down by air defenses because it approached a army airfield in Saratov Oblast, deep inside Russian territory, in line with Russian state information businesses, citing the protection ministry.

The incident passed off on the Engels-2 army airfield, a strategic bomber airbase within the western port metropolis of Engels, some 500 miles (greater than 800 kilometers) southeast of Moscow, situated on the Volga River. It’s the second such tried assault on Engels this month.

Legislation enforcement businesses at the moment are investigating the incident, stated Saratov Oblast Governor Roman Busargin on Monday. The feedback, posted on his official Telegram channel, got here after experiences circulated of an explosion within the metropolis of Engels.

He added that there have been “no emergencies within the residential areas of the town,” and that no civilian infrastructure had been broken. He additionally prolonged his condolences to the households of the servicemen, saying the federal government would supply them with help.

CNN has been unable to independently confirm Russian experiences the drone was intentionally shot down and didn’t attain its meant goal.

In feedback Monday, Ukrainian Air Drive spokesperson Yurii Ihnat didn’t declare direct accountability for the drone strike, however did recommend the assault was “consequence of what Russia is doing on our land.”

“If the Russians thought that the battle wouldn’t have an effect on anybody within the deep rear (of Russia) or wherever else, they have been deeply mistaken. Subsequently, as we see, such issues are occurring increasingly more typically, and let’s hope that it will solely profit Ukraine,” stated Ihnat.

Additionally on Monday, a spokesperson for South of Ukraine’s Safety and Protection Forces warned of a attainable retaliatory Russian strike, referencing an identical incident earlier this month in the identical area.

“This reminds of the occasions of December 5, so there could also be some deja vu, some repetition of this example, after which [the Russians] launched an enormous missile strike,” the spokesperson stated.. Subsequently, we ought to be ready for this, take it into consideration in our plans and don’t forget to proceed to the shelter.”

Earlier this month, CCTV footage appeared to point out an explosion lighting up the sky in Engels. On the time, Gov. Busargin additionally reassured residents that no civilian infrastructure was broken and that “details about incidents at army services is being checked by regulation enforcement businesses.”

He had acknowledged that details about “a loud bang and a burst in Engels within the early morning” was spreading on social networks and the media.

The Engels-2 airfield is sort of 6 kilometers from the place the CCTV footage was recorded in early December.