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Controversial church aims to ‘make Moscow a Christian town’
MOSCOW, Idaho – For many local residents, this town is just about perfect.
Surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, the city of 25,000 is home to the University of Idaho and trendy coffee shops and restaurants.
It’s a place where progressive residents and local entrepreneurs get along just fine, said Ryan Rounds, a resident, veteran and a former University of Idaho student.
“Moscow is an amazing city that tries to strike a balance between the ‘hippie’ population and the business/development-oriented population,” he said.
In Latah County about half the population voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. And while the city has plenty of churches, only 30% of Moscow identifies as “religious,” according to an analysis from Best Places.
One congregation is hoping that will change – an ambition that’s been a source of tension for years.
Led by controversial pastor Douglas Wilson, Christ Church of Moscow has for years been planning a spiritual takeover of the town – hoping to transform its soul.
Wilson does not mince words about his views on Moscow.
“Basically this is a blue dot in a very, very red state and the blue dotters are pleased,” he said. “Our mission is ‘All of Christ for all of life,’ and if you drill that down, then for all of Moscow.”
The church website explains the church’s mission further.
“Our desire is to make Moscow a Christian town,” it reads, “ … through genuine cultural engagement that provides Christian leadership in the arts, in business, in education, in politics, and in literature.”
Not everyone in the community is on board with that plan, Wilson admits.
He said the idea of a spiritual takeover of Moscow started with his father, James, who came to the area after retiring from the Navy to start a Christian bookstore at the nearby Washington State University campus.
In his 1964 book, “ Principles of War: A Handbook on Strategic Evangelism ,” Jim Wilson explains that the concepts of physical warfare can be applied to strategic evangelism.
According to his dad’s text, Douglas Wilson said, a takeover of Moscow is feasible because of the city’s relatively small size and its reputation. And a takeover is strategic because it would mean a significant loss to the enemy.
The Wilsons are revered by the 1,300 people or so affiliated with Christ Church and loathed by many others – in both cases because of their conservative, Reformed evangelical biblical teachings.
Wilson promotes the church’s beliefs in a direct, take-no-prisoners approach to preaching and writing. That approach is highlighted in a recent video featuring Wilson sitting on a burning couch and smoking a cigar where he says, “It’s not the job of the preacher to be a firefighter out in the world. We’re not supposed to be running around putting out other people’s fire. We are supposed to be arsonists in the world.”
Wilson’s tactics often clash with the town’s welcoming ethos.
In recent months, numerous community members have aired their concerns about the church in Moscow-Pullman Daily News’ letters to the editor.
Wilson’s past behavior has also given locals reason for concern. In 2001, he presided over the wedding of a convicted pedophile, a decision he still defends.
Then, in 2004, Wilson organized a conference about Southern slavery.
“It was a history conference that people said was a pro-slavery conference,” Douglas Wilson said.
Despite the controversies, the church continues to grow. Nancy Wilson said it’s part of God’s plan.
“It’s the story God’s writing. We’re surprised,” she said. “It’s been a really good story and every story has tension.”
Wilson and his followers don’t limit themselves to spiritual matters. They also have a prominent role in the local business community. Two members recently ran for City Council, but lost.
“I would say any tension between the town and the church is one-sided in that the city bends over backwards to try and accommodate the church and school, granting them special use permits for buildings so they don’t stay unoccupied, while trying to maintain a business district,” Rounds said.
Douglas Wilson, though, says his church’s influence on the town is organic and that the church has no official role in them.
“It looks like a power move, but we’re running into people trying for City Council for the same reason you run into them at (the local tire store). They’re just part of the community. People have homes here and buy businesses. It happens. It’s not a directive,” he said.
Besides, members of the two local congregations that are part of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches – which Wilson was instrumental in forming – make up only about 5% of the town. Christ Church has about 900 members and Trinity Reformed Church, a church plant of Christ Church, has about 400.
Nevertheless, apprehension remains. Many residents avoid supporting businesses with ties to the church.
The Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, said she tries to patronize businesses that share her values.
“I look for a ‘welcoming and affirming’ decal from PFLAG,” she said, referring to the social organization that supports parents, families and allies of the LGBTQ community. “I look for products that are ethically sourced, and employers that treat their employees fairly and with dignity.”
The Wilsons said they want to support all local businesses, even ones that disagree with their theology.
“We don’t boycott liberal businesses,” Nancy Wilson said.
Christ Church has also been in local headlines lately because of New Saint Andrews, a Christian college that the church helped form. Earlier this year, the City Council voted to restrict new colleges and universities downtown and to reject the expansion of existing ones. NSA purchased a second downtown building prior to the vote and will be allowed to continue with plans to convert the building – a former nightclub – into a music conservatory.
“We want to do nice things, good things. Like open a conservatory on Main Street instead of a nightclub,” Douglas Wilson said.
Along with those plans, Christ Church also is building a larger facility on the edge of town for Logos, its K-12 school.
Heather Wilson, daughter-in-law of Douglas Wilson, said members of Christ Church are used to people lashing out at it. Recently her son’s pickup was vandalized for having a New Saint Andrews bumper sticker.
“A lot of it is remanufactured Moscow misconceptions. People have a habit of yelling things out of context,” she said. “We take care of our kids, be good neighbors, but people always have something to say. People are looking to find offense and give offense when really, at the end of the day, we’re just trying to be good neighbors.”
Douglas Wilson said the divide that’s happening in Moscow is reflected nationally. He said the country seems to be in a “slow-motion civil war with no bullets.”
“The only possible solution is a massive religious revival,” he said. “Short of that and we’re headed for trouble.”
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15 Best Day Trips from Moscow
Moscow, the sprawling Russian capital, is a city that’s both full of history and contemporary culture.
This is the centre of the Russian world, a city that armies have invaded, where nations have clashed and where revolutions have played out through the centuries.
It’s a city on the fringe of Europe, but a place that is very much at the heart of European history and politics, and for visitors, it can be a complex and enthralling destination to visit.
As much as there is to see and to do in the city itself, there is just as much to experience on day trips from Moscow too.
While Russia is undoubtedly an expansive country, and many of the better-known cities such as St Petersburg or Volgograd are hundreds and hundreds of miles away, there are many more unknown and unusual destinations to visit within a few hours’ drive of the capital.
Immerse yourself in the Russian countryside, visit war memorials, battlefields and the lavish estates of the former Russian nobility. There are rural villages, grand Orthodox Monasteries and the chance to see Russian life outside of the city first-hand.
Here are the best day trips from Moscow.
Located just an hour north of the Moscow city centre, Korolev is an area that is almost a suburb of the expansive capital, but has retained its own unique identity. During the Soviet era, this was one of the most important industrial areas in the country, because this was the base for Soviet Space Exploration.
During World War II, the factories here produced anti-tank guns that helped keep the Soviet Union in the fight. After Germany was defeated, the factories and research centres began to focus on space.
The city became a ‘Science City’ as skilled workers from across the Union came here to settle and to launch the space programme. It became one of the more affluent areas in the country, and today, that distinction can still be seen on the streets and in the buildings.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, Korolev remained the headquarters of Russian space travel and still hosts Russian Mission Control.
A two-hour drive to the west of Moscow is the battlefield of Borodino. This is a place that is revered in Russian history, and which perhaps should be much more well-known in wider European history too, because this is where the infamous French General Napolean Bonaparte fought the Russians during his invasion in 1812.
Although the French won the Battle of Borodino and went on to capture Moscow, this was the beginning of the end for Napolean, as he went on to be ravaged by the Russian Winter and was forced to retreat soon after.
Just outside the small village of Borodino is the green and grassy field where the battle was fought. On top of a substantial hill is a lasting monument to the important event.
Located to the south-east of Moscow is the city of Kolomna, which in comparison to the Russian capital is very much a small-town escape.
This is one of the oldest Russian cities in the region and there is a long and intriguing history to be discovered in the museums and monasteries.
Interestingly, the city was off-limits for much its tenure under the Soviet Union, because it was the site of important weapons factories. It was only in 1994 that the city was opened up and even now it is still very much unknown to tourists.
Kolomna makes for a great day trip, and you can explore the restored medieval walls, and the city’s very own Kremlin, a huge fortress which dates back to the 16th century.
Zvenigorod is as little as an hour’s drive away from Moscow city centre, and the small town makes for a pleasant break from the capital.
Zvenigorod is an old and historic place, with a history dating back almost a thousand years.
There are some beautiful monasteries to visit as well as the unusual Museum of Russian Desserts, where you can sample and explore this aspect of the local culinary culture.
Zvenigorod was also a town where the world-renowned Anton Checkov once lived, and you can visit a museum here that’s dedicated to his life.
5. Sergiyev Posad
North of the capital is the city of Sergiyev Posad, which is one of the few well-known tourist destinations in the surrounding region.
You will find this as a suggested stop on most travel itineraries to Moscow, and many tour companies include this as part of their excursions around the city because this city is home to the famous Trinity Lavra of St Sergius.
This is a huge Russian Orthodox Monastery which has been here for hundreds of years, and continues to be run by monks who look after the revered tomb of St Sergius, who was laid to rest here.
It’s an important pilgrimage place for Orthodox Christians and an important stop for tourists.
6. Kubinka Tank Museum
Outside Moscow, you can find an unusual museum which will give you a truly ‘Russian’ experience.
The Kubinka Tank Museum was once the location of a Red Army tank testing ground. Now, it’s been turned into a huge museum that showcases every conceivable type of armoured vehicle.
7. Arkhangelskoye Estate
The Arkhangelskoye Estate was built on the outskirts of Moscow and dates back to the late 18th century when it was constructed by a Rusian aristocratic family.
For over a century, it was the domain of the nobility, until of course, the Russian Revolution and the advent of Communism swept the family that owned the estate out of the country.
The estate was opened to the public by the Communists and turned into a museum, which it remains today.
Restoration work after the fall of the Soviet Union saved the Arkhangelskoye Estate from falling into disrepair and kept the grounds and the grand palace as a lavish example of pre-Revolution Russia.
Yaroslavl is found a few hours to the north of Moscow and makes for a long day trip from the city. It’s worth the journey to experience one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.
Yaroslavl is found on the banks of the River Volga and has been a historically important city throughout Russian history. The city has even been the capital of the country at various points.
You can explore the many museums and monasteries to learn more about this intriguing destination.
9. Rostov Veliky
Just south of Yaroslavl is the small but culturally rich town of Rostov Veliky.
This is another important site in Russian history, as the town can date its origins back to early Slavic settlement around Moscow.
Lake Nero is a beautiful and expansive lake near the town, fringed on one side by an ancient fortress, giving Rostov Veliky a wonderful atmosphere to experience.
Two hours east of Moscow is another historic Russian city that is very much on the regional tourist trail.
It makes for a great day trip from the capital because Vladimir dates back to the 12th century and is full of Russian history and culture.
This was one of the first Russian capitals and it still contains many beautiful medieval buildings that are hundreds of years old.
The small town of Suzdal is just a few kilometres north of the city of Vladimir.
The town is part of a fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the historic sites from both Suzdal and Vladimir.
The town was founded in medieval times and also acted for a time as an early capital for Russian kingdoms in the region.
Klin is a fairly unassuming town to the north-west of Moscow, but it’s worth visiting to see one particular sight, the house of Tchaikovsky.
The famous 19th-century composer spent his final days here and wrote his very last piece of work in the house in Klin. It is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.
It’s a grand estate and an interesting insight into pre-Soviet, Russian culture.
A short trip past the Moscow suburbs will bring you to another famous estate, the house of renowned Russian writer and playwright Anton Checkov.
By the town of Checkov, which was renamed in his honour, the museum of Melikova will take you on a journey through his life and indeed, what the lives of many of his contemporary fellow Russians would have been like too.
14. Gorki Leninskie
On the southern edge of Moscow is Gorki Leniniskie.
This grand estate was once the realm of Russian nobles, but after the Russian Revolution it was personally taken over by Vladimir Lenin who turned it into his own home.
He spent much of his last years here, and after his death, the estate became a shrine to his life and legacy.
Today it still remains an interesting museum, and is still in many ways a shrine to communism.
15. Losiny Ostrov National Park
Losiny Ostrov National Park is a huge area of protected land that is found right on the edge of Moscow and is even surrounded on several sides by suburbs of the city.
It’s unusual to find such a large national park so close to a capital and it’s easy to spend the day exploring this veritable wilderness of beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife.
15 Best Day Trips from Moscow:
- Sergiyev Posad
- Kubinka Tank Museum
- Arkhangelskoye Estate
- Rostov Veliky
- Gorki Leninskie
- Losiny Ostrov National Park
Genshin Impact leak reveals Nicole and Skirk's voice actors
Posted: November 2, 2023 | Last updated: November 2, 2023
Hutao Lover recently posted a Genshin Impact leak featuring Nicole Reeyn and Skirk's supposed Japanese voice actors. It is unknown how Hutao Lover got this information, but their leaks are considered generally credible. Hence, it is worth covering what is currently known about these two characters. According to the leak, Megumi Toyoguchi voices Nicole, while Mamimko Noto voices Skirk.
Note that miHoYo has not officially revealed Nicole Reeyn or Skirk at the moment of writing. As a result, the following information is subject to change. Moreover, there is still no information regarding the English, Chinese, or Korean VAs for these characters.
Genshin Impact leaker reveals Hexenzirkel member Nicole and Skirk's VAs
In case the above Tweet gets taken down, Nicole (clarified in a separate Tweet that her last name is Reeyn) is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi in the Japanese dub of Genshin Impact. Mamiko Noto is the VA for Skirk in the same language.
A collage of the two Japanese voice actresses' previous works is listed in the Tweet. This article will cover a brief explanation of such past roles, some of which may be familiar to the reader if they're into anime and video game culture.
Details about the two Genshin Impact characters they will be voicing will also be mentioned below.
Which characters have Megumi Toyoguchi voiced before?
Megumi Toyoguchi is a Japanese voice actress with an impressive list of past roles across various anime and video games. Here is a list of some notable examples:
- Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa
- Revy from Black Lagoon
- Dawn from Pokemon
- Ruka Rengoku from Demon Slayer
- Yukari Takeba from Persona 3
- Aqua from Kingdom Hearts
- Haruka from Senran Kagura
- Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist
- Riruka Dokugamine from Bleach
Over the course of her illustrious career, Megumi has had over 200 roles. Genshin Impact's Nicole Reeyn is supposedly another character she voices. For those who don't know who Nicole Reeyn is, she is a member of the Hexenzirkel and uses "N" as her alias.
Little is known about this character at present, but other leaks suggest she is a powerful mage . A leak coming out about her voice actor might be an indication that more will be revealed about her in the future.
Which characters has Mamiko Noto voiced before?
Mamimko Noto has had over 300 roles across various anime and video games. Here is a list of some notable characters she's previously voiced:
- Mavis Vermillion from Fairy Tail
- Scathach & Attila from Fate/Grand Order
- Fuuka Yamagishi from Persona 3
- Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke
- Elsa Granhiert from Re:ZERO
- Jun Kazama from Tekken
- Ai Enma from Hell Girl
- Yukako Yamagishi from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- Rin from InuYasha
If Hutao Lover's leak is correct, she also voices Skirk in Genshin Impact. Skirk is Tartaglia's old master , who was apparently very powerful in the Abyss. Like Nicole, Skirk has yet to make an appearance yet.
Some old leaks state that Skirk will appear in one of the 4.X updates, albeit she won't be playable immediately. A new rumor stating additional never-before-seen information has emerged, and you can read about it in the next section of this article.
Version 4.2 leaks
A new leak from Hutao Lover states that Skirk will appear in Genshin Impact 4.2. She has a tall female model, but little else of her physical appearance is noted. According to the same post, Nicole's voice will apparently be heard in the same update, yet no character model will show up.
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- 12 Day Trips From Moscow To Explore The Beautiful Capital City Of Russia!
23 Mar 2023
Moscow is a beautiful city and is the capital of Russia and is also considered the cosmopolitan capital. The people of Moscow are vibrant, lively and live their life to the fullest. The city is a perfect mixture of ancient and modern traditions and hold an approximate population of 10 million. You can visit some of the most beautiful destinations if you are a tourist here. From natural beauties to man-made beauties, the city has everything to attract a tourist.
No matter in which season you are travelling to Moscow, the city will give you thrills and chills in all the seasons. Not only in the city, there are some amazing places to visit nearby. You can easily plan a one-day trip to those places and return back to the city in the same day. So, get packed, take this guide for day trips from Moscow along and have an enticing trip!
Top 10 Day Trips From Moscow
Confused about which places to visit on your next day trip from Moscow. Here is the list of the best day trips from Moscow you can take with your friends or family and have an amazing trip!
- Rostov Veliky
- Sergiev Posad
- Kubinka Tank Museum
- Arkhangelskoye Estate
If you are planning a full one-day trip from Moscow and return, Yaroslavl is the perfect place for you. A long day trip with amazing sight scenes that will allure everybody and rest assured, the journey will be as fascinating as the destination. It is one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations. The place holds a significant place in the Moscow’s history as well. The museums and monasteries at Yaroslavl are worth visiting and you will enjoy every bit of it.
Location: 250 kms northeast of Moscow.
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2. Rostov Veliky
A historical place that teaches you a lot of things about the great history of Russia which is a must visit, if you are on a tour to Moscow. You can easily start the trip in the morning and come back to your place before the dawn itself. It is a wonderful place to visit with your friends and family. Lake Nero is a place in Rostov that you must not miss as it is a beautiful and expansive lake near the town.
Location: Rostov Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia
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It is located just an hour away from the Moscow city centre. This was one of the most important industrial areas at the time of Soviet era. During the Second World War the anti-gun tank was produced here in the factory in order to fight with Soviet Union. Once the Germany was defeated they started focusing on space research. Later on the city becomes the space city when people come across the Union and settled down here to launch the space programme. This is one of the most affluent areas in the country and nice place to visit.
Location: Moscow Oblast, Russia
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It is located in the west at the two hour of drive from the west of the Moscow in the battlefield of the Borodino. History says that French won the battle of Borodino and went to capture the Moscow. This place which shows the real history of Moscow and has its own unique identity. Just outside the field of Borodino is a green and grassy field where the battle was fought. Similarly on the top of the hill you will find the lasting monuments of the important events.
Location: Rusakovskaya Ulitsa, 13, Moskva, Russia, 107140
It is located in the south east of Moscow in the city of Kolumna and in comparison to the capital of Russia it is a small town escape. This is one of the oldest Russian city in the region and you can discover the old history in museums and monasteries. Mainly it is a site for important weapon factories it was opened in 1994 and even now it is not popular among the tourist. It is the great place to visit with friends and family where you can explore the walls of medieval age and the city which belongs back to 18th century.
Location: In the south East of Moscow.
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It is an hour away from the Moscow city centre and is the good place to visit as it will give the small break from the life of capital city. It is an old and historic place which gives you ancient view of almost thousand years back. You can explore some beautiful monasteries and museum of Russian desserts where you can see and experience the local culinary culture. It is a true reflection of the ancient history of Russia and surely a must visit place with your friends and family.
7. Sergiev Posad
It is one of the well-known tourist destinations in the surrounding regions of Moscow. This is one of the most suggestive place to visit for the one day trip as many tour company includes it in their travel menu. It is a huge Russian monastery which is here since last hundreds of years and is looked by the monk who looked after the revered tomb of St. Sergius who has its graveyard to rest. Christians consider it as an important pilgrimage for orthodox Christians and an important place for tourist.
Location: Located to the north of the capital, Moscow Oblast, Russia
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9. Arkhangelskoye Estate
This estate is built in outskirts of Moscow dated back in 18th century it was constructed by Russian aristocratic family. It is known for the hub of nobility. This estate was opened by the communist to the public for entertainment and changed into a museum for public. After the fall of Soviet Union the restoration of this place was done after that this looks very attractive and beautiful. You can plan and enjoy wonderful trip at this place if you are in search of one day trip.
Location: Arkhangelskoye, Moscow Oblast, Russia, 143420
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If you are planning a short trip from Moscow and return, this place is perfect for you and your family. Even if you are leaving for Melikova later in the day, you will be home before the night. A trip to the Moscow suburbs brings you to this famous estate which is a house of renowned Russian writer Anton Chekhov. The museum of Melikova will take you to the life of Anton Chekhov from the beginning till end. A perfect place for a short trip where not only adults will enjoy, the children with you too will have a great time.
Situated only two hours east of Moscow, Vladimir is one of the best places for Moscow day tours . This Russian city dates back to the 12th century and has a splendid history. If a few medieval buildings and rich culture entices you, then this place is perfect for a day trip with your loved ones.
Location: East of Moscow, Russia
Offering one of the best day trips from Moscow, Russia the small town of Suzdal makes for a great pit stop. It is located only a few kilometers north of Vladimir and houses a top UNESCO World Heritage Site. An abundance of historical stories and culturally rich sites is what awaits you here.
Location: Northeast of Moscow, Russia
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No matter if you are looking for a short trip or a long trip, if you are looking for day tours from Moscow, the list of above places will act as a perfect destination for you with family and friends. The list includes even the day trips from Moscow by train. Make sure to visit one and all places if possible if you are on an international trip with TravelTriangle .
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Drone strikes Moscow building as region hit by sixth successive night of attacks
Building under construction in capital’s financial district damaged as three people killed in Belgorod region, governor says
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A drone hit a building under construction in Moscow’s financial district early on Wednesday in the sixth straight night of aerial attacks on Russia’s capital region.
A loud explosion was heard in Moscow’s business district on Wednesday morning, a short time after flights were suspended at the city’s airports, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. Russian media published videos showing the moment of the explosion that left charred holes in the side of the buildings.
The central district is less than three miles from the Kremlin.
The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, said the Russian military downed two more drones over the western part of the Moscow region.
Ukraine has launched a campaign of drone strikes targeting the Russian capital in recent days as Kyiv seeks to demonstrate its ability to hit Moscow and to keep the Kremlin’s war in the hearts and minds of the Russian elites and others seeking to ignore the invasion of Ukraine .
Earlier waves of drone strikes have hit the Moscow city financial centre, other residential buildings, or targeted areas in the wealthy western suburbs of the Rublyovka district , a few miles from Vladimir Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence. Though the drone attacks on Moscow have occurred almost daily in recent weeks, they have caused little damage and no casualties.
They have, however, triggered travel chaos, with big airports around the Russian capital forced to repeatedly close for departing and arriving flights.
Also on Wednesday, the governor of the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine , said a Ukrainian drone had hit a sanatorium in a village. He said two people had died on the spot and doctors had been unable to save a third. If confirmed, the drone attack would mark the first known incident involving civilian deaths on Russian territory.
Ukraine typically declines to claim responsibility for attacks on Russian territory, although Kyiv officials have frequently celebrated such attacks with cryptic or mocking remarks. Last month, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said that attacks on Russian territory were an “inevitable, natural and absolutely fair process” of the war between the two countries.
In response to reports of recent drone attacks, the US state department said Washington did not encourage or enable the strikes on Russian territory. “It is up to Ukraine to decide how it chooses to defend itself from the Russian invasion,” the US spokesperson said.
On Tuesday, British military intelligence said a Ukrainian drone attack appeared to have destroyed a supersonic Russian bomber on the Soltsy-2 airbase, 400 miles (650km) from the border with Ukraine.
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Social media images showed an aircraft that resembled the Tu-22M3 in flames on a runway. The planes have been used regularly in campaigns that killed civilians in Ukraine.
Ukraine on Wednesday also said it had destroyed a Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system on the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.
“At about 10am (0700 GMT) an explosion occurred … destroying a Russian long- and medium-range S-400 Triumph air defence system,” the Ukrainian defence ministry said on social media.
The ministry published a video of a large explosion with a huge column of smoke billowing into the sky. “This is a painful blow to the occupiers’ air defence system,” the ministry said.
Russia’s defence ministry did not comment but several pro-Moscow bloggers said the destruction of the anti-aircraft system exposed vulnerabilities in Russian defences.