NewsUkrainian intelligence strikes deep into Russia, targeting drone factory

Ukrainian intelligence strikes deep into Russia, targeting drone factory

Ukrainian modified small aircraft struck a Russian drone factory
Ukrainian modified small aircraft struck a Russian drone factory
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7:51 AM EDT, April 3, 2024

Ukrainian military intelligence has reportedly targeted Russian industrial sites in Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan, using unconventional weapons. These attacks are considered the furthest operations conducted by Ukrainian intelligence, with the sites lying approximately 930 miles from Ukraine’s borders.

Ukraine actively engages in sabotage operations within Russian territory, with recent successful assaults on critical infrastructure facilities, including refineries. The attacks on Tuesday, April 2, mark the most distant operations from the Ukrainian border to date.

In Tatarstan, Russian territory, Ukrainian "drones" targeted the "Gyran-2" factory, known for producing Russian variants of Iranian Shahed drones, and a petrochemical plant in Nizhnekamsk. According to the TASS agency, citing Nizhnekamsk’s mayor, the defence systems thwarted this attack.

Footage from Yelabuga shows a modified light aircraft (likely an A-22) launching a kamikaze attack on the Russian factory:

The Russians strategically placed the "Shaheds" factory over 745 miles away from Ukraine, beyond the range of its known drones. The Ukrainians, demonstrating ingenuity, modified a civilian plane - a light aircraft - into a kamikaze drone, successfully striking the "special economic zone," comments Jarosław Wolski.

The full casualty count remains unclear, with estimates suggesting up to 12 people injured. Tatarstan officials report seven factory workers sustained injuries. They also indicated that the strike did not significantly impair the factory's operations.

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