With satellite images showing at least eight wrecked warplanes after explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said late Wednesday that Moscow’s mounting losses should persuade its leadership to “find a way out of the war.”
Pictures released by Planet Labs, a satellite imaging company, on Wednesday appeared to show at least three blast craters in areas where planes were parked near the runways at the Saki Air Base, on the western Black Sea coast of Russia-occupied Crimea, leaving blackened debris. Russia has played down damage from the explosions on Tuesday, which a senior Ukrainian military official has said were the result of an attack by Ukrainian forces and partisan fighters.
But with the images indicating an expensive and serious blow to the Russian military, Mr. Zelensky alluded to the episode for the first time in his nightly address, and he put the number of lost Russian warplanes at nine.
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