According to the diplomat, the attack with Tu-141 Strizh UAV planes could have posed serious risks to nuclear security as strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces are stationed at both airfields.
We responded immediately with a massive attack on Ukraine’s military command and control system, defense, and energy-related facilities, Gavrilov noted.
No one should doubt that this will be the case every time Ukrainian terrorist acts continue, he pointed out.
In addition, Gavrilov said that in 2022 restoration and improvement work has been done on Soviet-era drones used by Ukraine with the involvement of experts from the Kiev Luch Design Bureau and the US corporation Raytheon Technologies.
The drones were transformed into means of attack with a range of up to 1,000 kilometers and a warhead of up to 80 kilograms and the ability to target using the US GPS system, he explained.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that on the morning of December 5, Kiev had attempted to attack, with Soviet-made drones, the military airfields of Diaghilev in the Ryazan region and Engels in the Saratov region in order to disable Russian long-range aircraft.