At least 3 Russian military helicopters exploded in Ukrainian strike on Kherson airport
The Ukrainian military destroyed a number of Russian military helicopters at Kherson International Airport on Tuesday, according to new satellite images from Planet Labs.
A large plume of black smoke rises from the airport in the satellite image, along with a number of burning helicopters.
It was the most destructive known strike the Ukrainian military carried out against Russian helicopters during the war, with at least three Russian helicopters seen on fire or destroyed at the airport.
Military vehicles seen near the airport were also hit.
Another image, taken by a drone hovering over the nearby village of Komyshany, also shows the large plume of smoke rising from the airport.
CNN has geotagged and verified the authenticity of the image.
The military strike at the airport was picked up by NASA’s Fire Information System for Resource Management (FIRMS), which tracks major fires around the world.
According to sensory data collected by FIRMS, the military strike occurred around 1:42 p.m. local time.
On Monday, satellite images from Maxar Technologies showed a number of Russian military helicopters on the tarmac at Kherson International Airport. Dozens of military vehicles are also seen in the vicinity.