US reports say Moscow has accused the US and Poland of being involved in preparing attacks on Russian soil after Ukraine launched drone strikes inside Russia this month.
An anonymous source in a Russian security agency told TASS on Friday that data from intercepted drones showed the two countries were involved in plans to launch the attacks, according to the site web US Newsweek.
According to the Russian source, “the relevant agencies of the Russian Federation have analyzed the electronic components of the intercepted drones, which have been used by Ukraine to launch attacks against Russian infrastructure targets, in particularly in Sevastopol, in Crimea, and in the Kursk, Belgorod and Voronezh regions».
Ukraine has been launching drone strikes inside Russia for more than a week, including an attack on an oil tanker in an airport in Kursk. The Kursk region borders Ukraine, but the attacks were carried out further in Russia.
Russian officials said there were two explosions, one at Engels airport in the Saratov region, about 373 miles from Ukraine, and the other with a fuel truck at Diaghilev airport near the city of Ryazan. about 127 miles southeast of Moscow. A facility in the Bryansk region, about 50 miles inside Russia’s border with Ukraine, was also targeted.
On Friday, the source said that the Russian agency’s assessments revealed “a direct involvement of the United States and Poland in the massive military and logistical support to the Kiev regime, in the context of the preparation and implementation of joint terrorist attacks on the territory of the Russian Federation .”
According to the source, “The avionics and UAV control stations were manufactured by the US company Spektreworks, a company that performed the initial tuning and verification of the UAV at Scottsdale Airport in Arizona”.
The source also said that the Russian security services have indicated that the final assembly and the test drone flights were conducted over Polish soil near Rzeszow airport, which Moscow says the United States and NATO use as a major refueling point for Ukrainian forces.
A State Department spokesman told Newsweek Dec. 6 that the United States discourages Ukraine from carrying out attacks outside its territory.
“President Biden has made it clear that we neither encourage nor allow Ukraine to strike outside its borders and we don’t know when this war will end, but we do know this: Ukraine will emerge victorious. Ukraine for as long as necessary”.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has accused Ukraine of using Soviet-era drones in attacks on Russia, which were intended to “disable long-range Russian aircraft”.
Some experts have claimed that the drones referred to are the Tu-141s, which were developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.
While Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for the strikes, it has celebrated it. A senior Ukrainian official told ABC News that Ukrainian special forces were located in deep into Russian territory and helped direct the drones to at least one of the targeted bases.
During a meeting of NATO foreign ministers Nov. 29 in Bucharest, in Romania, the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Renkovice encouraged Kyiv to strike Russian territory, stating that Ukraine should be in able to launch a military offensive inside Russia’s borders because Russia has targeted vital Ukrainian infrastructure.
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