The relevant statement was made by Radio Svoboda [Radio Liberty], an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Russia is building up military air forces within the Lipetsk-2 airfield in Lipetsk Region. The number of fighter and bomber aircrafts within the airfield increased twofold compared to late March, as evidenced by the satellite images available to Skhemy (Radio Svoboda),” the report states.
Currently, more than 30 military aircrafts are stationed there. The Lipetsk-2 airfield is controlled by Russia’s Defense Ministry and is actively used by the Russian army for military purposes.
According to the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military are using the Lipetsk-2 airfield to attack settlements in eastern Ukraine.
On the satellite image of April 11, 2022, Russian military aircrafts were stationed within two parking areas. The military experts identified six Su-27 multirole supermaneuverable fighter aircrafts, fourteen Su-30 or Su-34 fighter-bomber aircrafts, ten Su-24 bomber aircrafts and four undefined aircrafts. The experts assume these aircrafts could have been deployed from Belarusian airfields.
The activity of the Russian military affects the operation of civil aircrafts within the region. Lipetsk Region has been included on the list of regions, where civil airports suspended operations, according to the website of Lipetsk Airport. The list mostly consists of the regions bordering or situated not far from the border with Ukraine. Such restrictions will be in effect at least until April 19, 2022.
A reminder that, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion, starting a war. Russian troops are shelling and destroying the key infrastructure facilities, launching missile and air strikes on residential areas in Ukrainian cities and villages, torturing and murdering civilians.
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