Ukraine isn’t satisfied with simply letting its suicide drones hit Russian airfields.
The Ukrainian military is not happy to only hit targets on the Crimean Peninsula. A Russian airbase located far from the battle in Kherson has been attacked by Ukrainian commandos. This time, the strike took place at a base in northern Russia, close to the countries of Estonia and Latvia. The training and operational philosophy of the Ukrainian Special Forces started to change in the wake of Russia’s invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. It implemented strategies more in line with the special operations doctrine of NATO and Western allies. Since then, 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers have received special combat training from NATO and American forces. On October 31, Ukrainian special forces invaded the base, rigged four helicopters with explosives, and set three of them off before entirely evading detection. Only because the prepared explosives failed to detonate did the fourth chopper escape damage. Telegram users received a video that proved the operation. According to Ukraine’s Kyiv Post, the mission was in retaliation to Russian propaganda using Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters on state-run media. The 16 million dollar aircraft are each equipped with sophisticated navigation systems, helmet-mounted sight displays, with the ability to carry bombs, anti-tank missiles, and air support rockets.