Ukrainian missile strike destroyed Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet on the parking area of Millerovo airbase.
Ukraine reportedly attacked a Russian airbase on 25 February, marking the first time that Kyiv conducted an offensive military action outside of its national borders since Russia launched its renewed invasion of the country on 24 February.
According to reports, the base was hit by an undisclosed number of surface-launched OTR-21 Tochka (SS-21 ‘Scarab’/9M79) ballistic missiles, with imagery showing facilities and at least one Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ combat aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) 31st Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment on fire.
The stated attack, the supposed aftermath of which was widely circulated on social media along with images of damaged and burning facilities and aircraft, saw Millerovo Air Base (AB) in Russia’s Rostov region seemingly struck with multiple ballistic missiles fired from Ukraine.
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NI sources in the Rostov region confirm the information about a powerful strike on the airfield and also report the beginning of the evacuation of the population from the adjacent territory.
Also, according to unverified reports, during the strike on Millerovo, most VKS aircraft were in the air and performing combat missions.
The Tochka is a close-range ballistic missile (CRBM), with its 9M79 missiles having a range of between 15 and 70 km. The 9M79-series missiles can be armed with unitary high-explosive blast fragmentation and submunition warheads.
The Ukrainian Ground Forces is understood to have received or inherited 500 such missiles, although it is not known how many remain in its inventory.