Headline RoundupDecember 6th, 2022

Drone Attacks Hit Russia

AllSides Summary

Two air bases inside Russia, one housing strategic bombers, were hit with drone strikes on Monday, and a third drone strike on a Russian airfield occurred on Tuesday.

Key Quotes: “If something is launched into other countries’ airspace, sooner or later unknown flying objects will return to departure point,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a statement, the WSJ reported.

For Context: The Russian Defense Ministry said that the strikes were carried out by Ukrainian drones and brought down by Russian air defenses. The air bases are hundreds of miles inside Russian territory and presumably beyond Ukraine's declared arsenal of drones. While Ukraine is not acknowledging responsibility for the strikes, the strikes could indicate Ukraine's increasing ability to hit long-range targets. U.S. officials have said that the U.S. secretly modified the rocket launchers it gave Ukraine so they can't be used to fire long-range missiles into Russia.  

How the Media Covered it: The drone attacks were covered by sources across the political spectrum, with many referring to an increased effort by Ukraine to develop longer-range combat drones.

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