On Tuesday, November 1, numerous sources verified that Ukrainian commandos destroyed three helicopter gunships at a Russian military base close to the Latvian border in one of the most spectacular covert operations carried out by either side since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.
The Russian army’s Veretye air base in the northwest Pskov Region was the target of the Oct. 30 strike, according to a statement released on Monday, Oct. 31, by the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. The site is located more than 500 km (as the missile flies) to the south in Ukraine and 110 km (as the missile flies) to the east in NATO member Latvia. According to the GUR statement, demolition charges set by Ukrainian operators sneaking in and out of the site without being seen resulted in the entire destruction of two Kamaz-52 assault helicopters and severe damage to a third. According to certain news sources, Russian security teams later discovered a fourth chopper loaded with bombs that had not detonated. One of the Kremlin’s newest combat helicopters, the Ka-52 “Alligator,” has received extensive coverage in state-run media as a sign of Russia’s burgeoning military power. The $16 million aircraft, which has been produced in serial form since 2007, has a multi-level digital computer-based system, a helmet-mounted sight display, improved navigation, and hard points for anti-tank missiles, ground attack rockets, and aerial bombs.