Claims Swirl Around ‘Sabotage Raid’ On Airbase Near Moscow


Chkalovsky Air Base, just outside Moscow, is home to various strategic air assets as well as the high-profile presidential transport fleet.

ne of Russia’s most important airbases, Chkalovsky, located less than 20 miles from Moscow, is claimed to have been struck by saboteurs. According to the Ukrainian military intelligence service, two fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter were “blown up” by explosive charges placed on them, during an operation carried out on September 18.

A satellite image supposedly taken of the base after the raid has been widely shared on social media, although it’s not possible to confirm whether some of the aircraft shown were indeed attacked, let alone to determine the level of damage. Two other, blurred photos have emerged that are purported to show a view over a perimeter wall at Chkalovsky, presumably taken by one of the saboteurs. Again, it’s not possible to ascertain any details about a potential raid from these photos alone.

In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, provided the following account of the operation, providing information that he attributed to the country’s military intelligence service or GUR:

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