Satellite images reveal damage at Belbek airfield after Ukrainian strikes

Satellite image shows aftermath of the attack on the Belbek airfield
Satellite image shows aftermath of the attack on the Belbek airfield

Satellite images confirm damage to the flight line and surrounding areas at Russia's Belbek airbase on the occupied Crimean peninsula, resulting from Ukrainian strikes this week, according to The War Zone's report on May 16.

These strikes targeted parts of the runway where Russian MiG-31 interceptors are typically stationed.

The War Zone provided a low-resolution satellite image, taken earlier today by Planet Labs, that shows at least two large scorched patches on a central section of the main flight line. This same area had previously hosted a pair of MiG-31s, as seen in images from May 1. These aircraft, known as Foxhounds, are commonly parked at this location.

Clearly visible damage to a portion of Belbek's flightline and adjacent areas can be seen in this satellite image taken on May 16 <span class="copyright">PHOTO © 2024 PLANET LABS INC.</span>
Clearly visible damage to a portion of Belbek's flightline and adjacent areas can be seen in this satellite image taken on May 16 PHOTO © 2024 PLANET LABS INC.

Recent attacks and responses at Belbek Airfield

On the morning of May 15, explosions near the Belbek airfield led to multiple fires, as reported by the Crimean Wind monitoring channel. The satellite data indicated increased fire activity around the runway and aircraft stands.

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In response to the attacks, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed to have intercepted 10 ATACMS missiles over Crimea. Mikhail Razvozhayev, the appointed "governor" of Sevastopol by Russian authorities, declared that a "massive attack" on Sevastopol had been thwarted.

Defence Express, a military news outlet, suggested that Ukrainian Defense Forces may have targeted Russian MiG-31 fighters parked at the Belbek airfield with ATACMS missiles during these strikes.

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Further disturbances were reported on the evening of May 15, with sounds of explosions again permeating Crimea. Local occupation authorities confirmed that air defenses were activated. Additionally, the Atesh guerrilla movement claimed responsibility for "successful attacks" on Russian military targets in Crimea.

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