Explosions have been reported at the Engels military airbase in Russia miles away from the frontlines in Ukraine. Reports emerged stating that the explosions were heard after midnight at the base which is situated hundreds of miles from the frontlines.
There was no immediate official confirmation of the blasts and Reuters was not able to independently verify the reports.
The Engels airbase is located in the Saratov area and the incident has been investigated with no damage found to civilian infrastructure.
The governor of Saratov, Roman Busargin said on Telegram: “There were no emergencies in residential areas of the (Engels) city.
“There is absolutely no threat to residents…Civil infrastructure facilities were not damaged.
“Information about the incident at a military facility is being check by law enforcement agencies.”
According to Ukrainian news outlet RBC-Ukraine, two explosions were heard and air raid sirens began to sound, local residents told Russian media.
The airbase is located 450 miles southeast of Moscow and was previously hit on December 5.
Russia accused Ukraine of launching drone attacks on two Russian air bases on that day in early December.
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While Ukraine refused to claim responsibility for the attacks, officials claimed it was “karma” for Russians invasion and actions in Ukraine.
As a result of the two attacks in early December, Russia was accused of having poor defences.
Ukraine launched missiles at targets in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol two weeks ago in the south east of the country, Reuters reported, citing reports by pro-Russian authorities.
The attack killed two people and injured 10.
The report also cited Oleksiy Arestovych, an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, as saying that the city, a major transportation and industrial hub, is critical to the defence of southern Ukraine.
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