Four MORE Russian Aircraft Destroyed by Ukrainian Drones

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readSep 1, 2023

It seems like all I write about on Medium lately are successful Ukrainian drone strikes deep inside Russia.

Just yesterday, I wrote about Ukraine’s use of the Corvid PPDS “cardboard drone” to destroy several Russian fighters (and a couple of air defense radar systems) in Kursk.

My only regret is that the Russian pilots likely weren’t in the aircraft at the moment they were destroyed.

Too harsh? Remember, Putin can leave Ukraine anytime he wants.

We’ve reached a point where Ukraine has turned the tables on Russia and intensified its drone warfare in what can only be described as a sharp uptick in drone attacks against military targets inside Russia.

In fact, drone attacks against Russia have become an almost daily occurrence over the past several months.

Oh, by the way, the difference between Russian strikes against Ukraine and Ukrainian strikes against Russia, in case you were wondering, is that Ukraine keeps its targets military in nature, while Russia terrorizes civilian infrastructure.

Rarely in war are the lines between “good guys” and “bad guys” drawn so clearly.

As Ukraine continues to successfully destroy Russian military aircraft on the ground, the big headline here is that these aircraft cannot be easily replaced by Russia.

The Russian ‘Ministry of Offense’ manufacturing base is severely crippled, albeit, still functioning to a small degree.

Still, each Russian aircraft lost is a loss felt in the Kremlin.

Yesterday, four Russian Ilyushin Il-76 Candid heavy cargo aircraft were damaged, with two destroyed by Ukrainian drone strikes, near Pskov.

Pskov sits near the Russian border with Estonia and is quite far from the front lines, some 520 miles north of Kyiv.

2017 photo of an Il-76 Candid. Vitaly V. Kuzmin CC BY-SA 4.0

The Candid’s NATO equivalent would be the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy — a large military transport jet that can carry outsized or heavy items that cannot be carried by other means.

The Candid costs Russia approximately $50 million each to produce.

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Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | Pro-Democracy | Pro-Human Rights