Ukraine’s kamikaze drone strikes destroy Russia’s multi-billion dollars ammunition depot

In this photo obtained by CNN, smoke billows after a Ukrainian drone strike on a warehouse in Russia's southwestern Voronezh region on July 7. (CNN)

One-way attack drones, commonly known as suicide drones, have destroyed a large ammunition depot near the village of Sergiyevka in Russia’s Voronezh region.

A Ukrainian source familiar with the matter said drones of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) targeted the warehouse because it was being used to supply ammunition to Russian troops fighting in Ukraine.

“The enemy was storing Iskander surface-to-surface and S-400 surface-to-air missiles, shells for tanks and artillery, and boxes of ammunition for firearms on an area of 9000 square meters,” the source said. CNN is not able to independently verify those claims.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a state broadcaster following the attack that “the president has said that we would respond – and I am convinced that you will see it in the foreseeable future.”

“They – the United States and NATO – keep on saying that they are not at war with Russia. This is not a brave face on a bad situation, that’s what I’ll say, and they understand it perfectly well,” Lavrov said, according to state news agency TASS.

The attack occurred overnight and resulted in the destruction of a substantial cache of missiles, artillery shells, tank rounds, and small arms ammunition.

The Governor of Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, claimed that all the drones were allegedly shot down, but fragments fell on the “explosive objects” within the depot, triggering the detonation. Gusev did not specify the number of drones involved.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense did not report any drone interceptions in the Voronezh region. They did, however, confirm the downing of an aerial vehicle over the Belgorod region.

Local residents reported hearing a massive explosion followed by intense detonations throughout the night. The smoke plume from the site is still visible from several kilometers away.

This ammunition depot is a critical supply point for Russian forces engaged in combat operations in Ukraine. The loss of this facility could significantly impact their logistical capabilities.

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