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Russian Military Surprised by Airbase Explosions Far from Front Lines

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When Russian troops began spilling into Ukraine back in February, the global consensus seemed to be that Kyiv would fall rather quickly beneath the weight of this neighboring military superpower.  And, throughout the next 10 months, Ukraine has consistently and definitively squashed that idea, beating the Russia military back to numerous retreats and attempted mutinies.

Now, far from the front lines of the conflict, Russian officials have found themselves stunned again, this time after a number of explosions rocked several key airbases.

Explosions have rocked two Russian airbases far from the frontlines as Kyiv appeared to launch a pre-emptive strike on bombers that the Kremlin has used to try to cripple the Ukrainian electrical grid.

The Russian defence ministry confirmed the attacks on Monday, claiming two of its warplanes had been damaged when it intercepted two Ukrainian drones. For Kyiv the strike represented an unprecedented operation deep inside Russia to disrupt the Kremlin strategy of provoking a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine on the verge of winter.

Russian media reports and video posted to social media indicated that an explosion occurred early on Monday morning at the Engels-2 airbase in Russia’s Saratov region, which hosts Tu-95 bombers that have taken part in cruise missile strikes against Ukraine.

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And then…

Another explosion took place at the Dyagilevo military airbase near Ryazan, a city less than 150 miles from Moscow. Three people were killed and five wounded after a fuel truck exploded, Russian state media reported. That base also hosts Tu-95 long-range bombers.

Just hours later, Russia found themselves thwarted again, after launching 70 missiles into key areas of Ukraine, only to have 60 or more of them shot down before they could reach their targets.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.