After three drone attacks within two days on strategically important targets in the Russian regions of Saratov, Ryazan and Kursk, renewed displeasure with the Russian military is stirring in Moscow.
Such attacks are happening because of the "complete taboo" on questioning the Defense Ministry, said Duma deputy Nikolai Kolomeytsev of the pseudo-opposition communists.
“Because next is Moscow.
We don't want to cause panic, but we think that the authorized persons have to be consulted."
Political correspondent for Russia and the CIS in Moscow.
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The Ministry of Defense announced on Monday evening that "the Kiev regime" had attacked the Engels air base in the Saratov region and Diagilyevo near Ryazan with "Soviet-made" drones in the morning.
The aim was to put Russian long-range bombers out of action.
The "low-altitude" drones were intercepted.
But two planes were "insignificantly damaged" by debris, three soldiers were killed and four others were wounded.
"Regardless of the attempts by the Kiev regime to thwart the military work of the Russian long-range air force with a terrorist attack," the military, communications and energy supply of Ukraine were dealt a "massive blow," it said, referring to the Russian attacks Ukrainian cities on Monday.
Against the background that with Engels "the main base of our strategic bombers is so easy to attack", MP Kolomeytsev asked what the FSB secret service, the Interior Ministry and the National Guard were actually doing.
The British military also suspected on Twitter that Russia would count the attacks among the "strategically most important omissions" of its defense since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine.
In addition, London emphasized that Engels was more than 600 kilometers away from Ukrainian-controlled territory and that more than thirty long-range bombers were stationed there.
These are part of Russia's nuclear deterrent, but have also been used in attacks on Ukraine with conventional cruise missiles.
Setbacks for Russian anti-aircraft defenses continued on Tuesday.
The authorities of the Kursk region, which borders Ukraine, reported a drone attack on an airfield in the morning.
A petrol tank caught fire.
Pictures showed explosions.
The airfield is used by Russian fighter planes.
Nevertheless, such attacks - which Kyiv does not directly admit - are labeled "terror" in Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that "the continuation of such terrorist attacks is of course a risk factor."
We are taking “the necessary measures”.