Putin’s air defences fail spectacularly as Ukraine bombards Russian airport on border
Vladimir Putin’s air defences failed spectacularly today after a surprise Ukrainian missile blitz struck a key military airport on the Russian side of the border.
By Oli Smith
22:01, Sun, Oct 16, 2022 | UPDATED: 22:04, Sun, Oct 16, 2022
Russia: Footage appears to show missile strike on Belgorod Airport
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Around 16 explosions were reported today at an airport in Belgorod, a Russian city which borders Ukraine and stores key Russian military equipment. Footage from the city of Belgorod exposed the failure of Russia’s air defence system as several air defence rockets can be seen trying and failing to repel Ukrainian missiles. Local authorities argued that over ten missiles were shot down by Russia’s air defence systems but several were seen making it past these defences.
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The Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the strikes earlier today, cryptically posting on Telegram: “Meanwhile in Belgorod… Locals counted 16 explosions in the area of the airport.”
Tendar, a social media account that monitors the conflict, tweeted: “Russian air defense has failed. Impacts at the Belgorod airport can be seen.”
Tendar released photos of the “first fragments of the missiles which hit the Belgorod airport,” adding that the missiles appeared to be the US-made AGM-88 HARM missiles.
Military experts suggested the attack might have been directed at Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile batteries which shot down two Ukrainian warplanes recently.
Around 16 explosions were reported today at the Belgorod airport (Image: GETTY; TELEGRAM)
Aerial photograps showed an ‘increased presence’ of Russian troops at the site in recent days (Image: TWITTER)
The account tweeted: “That would point to a strike against radar installations or mobile radar vehicle, presumably part of the air defense.”
Recent satellite photographs from the Belograd Airport last week also showed an “increased presence” of Russian troops at the site.
Various clips were shared online from Belograd residents, featuring the sounds of nearby explosions while others showed plumes of smoke billowing from the airport.
Tendar summed it up: “Putin has turned Russian cities into war zones.
“I’m sure that the citizens of Belgorod would rather have a peaceful life, a good job and enjoy the freedom of travel.
“Instead, they have lost all of it and experience first hand Russia’s lost war.”
Experts suggested the attack might have been directed at Russian S-300 surface-to-air missiles (Image: TELEGRAM)
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Belgorod Oblast Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed that explosions had rocked the city and that the air defence systems had been activated.
He claimed that three people were dead and another four people were injured in the missile attack.
It marks the second reported attack on Belgorod in two days after a thermal power plant went up in flames in the Russian city as a result of shelling on Saturday.