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Huge explosion as attack deep inside Russia targets Kremlin’s supersonic bombers

Moscow has accused Ukraine of carrying out a “terrorist attack” after an airbase on Russian soil was targeted.

Images show thick smoke billowing over Novgorod Oblast, located 160 miles south of St Petersburg, after the Soltsy military airport was hit by explosives this morning.

The Russian defense ministry said the missiles made impact at around 10am local time.

“The Kyiv regime carried out a terrorist attack using a copter-type UAV on a military airfield in the Novgorod region,” the statement on Telegram said.

“The UAV was detected by the calculation of the external observation post of the airfield and was hit by small arms.

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“As a result of the terrorist attack on the territory of the airfield, a fire broke out in the aircraft parking lot, which was quickly extinguished by fire brigades.

“One plane was damaged, but there were no casualties as a result of the terrorist act.”

The base is believed to hold at least 12 Tu-22M3 bombers, which carry X-22 missiles regularly used in the Ukraine war.

The latest instance of the missiles being used was recorded on August 15 in various locations, according to the Air Force of Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Kyiv is yet to comment publicly on the Soltsy incident, though President Volodymyr Zelensky has said attacks on Russian soil are “an inevitable, natural, and absolutely fair process” of war.

On Ukrainian soil, Vladimir Putin’s bombs rained down on the northern city of Chernihiv today, leaving seven dead and a further 129 wounded.

A theater and university are among key buildings to be significantly damaged.

Fifteen children are among the injured, according to Kyiv’s interior ministry, with at least 25 hospitalized.

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Victims included residents who had been in church to celebrate an Orthodox Christian holiday. 

“It is heinous to attack the main square of a large city, in the morning, while people are out walking, some going to church to celebrate a religious day for many Ukrainians,” Denise Brown, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, said in a statement.

Chernihiv – which had a pre-war population of around 285,000 – is located roughly 30 miles from the border with Belarus.

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