At night, Russian kamikaze UAVs struck their targets in the Ukrainian Odessa region. In total, at least 5 strikes were reported at various facilities in the city of Odessa and the region.
During the attack, Russian kamikaze UAVs were used together with false targets aimed at distraction of Ukrainian air defence forces.
The local Ukrainian officials confirmed the attack and reported that fire had broken out at one of the enterprises in Odessa. There were no injuries, the speaker of the regional military administration wrote. By morning, the fire was reportedly eliminated.
The numerous videos from the region confirmed that there was at least one powerful explosion as a result of the strike. Photos showed that the large fire was not extinguished by the morning. The explosions heard after the strike confirm that the military facility was destroyed.
The UAVs reportedly hit the Ukrainian Schkolny airfield located on the outskirts of the city of Odessa. The airfield is still actively used by the Ukrainian military, including to launch drone attacks on the Russian territory. An air terminal building, an aircraft repair plant are located on the airfield which hosts aircraft of the border troops of Ukraine. Aviation equipment from Ukraine’s foreign patrons, including strike and reconnaissance UAVs, is also often sent to the airfield.
This was the second strike on this Ukrainian military facility in the last few weeks. Significant damage was caused to the infrastructure of the Shkolny airfield.
Footage from the area also confirmed that one of the UAVs hit the target in the area of accumulation of Ukrainian forces who attempted to intercept it. As a result of the strike, Ukrainian air defense means and a group of Ukrainian servicemen were reportedly destroyed.
The AFU attempt to shoot down Russian drones using their “advanced invention” in air defense, which are mobile rifle installations based on paired machine guns and a searchlight that highlights the target in case it is detected. Foreign anti-aircraft guns are also used.
On April 4, an air alert sounded in four regions in eastern Ukraine, including Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.