Explosion destroys Russian cruise missiles in Crimea: Kyiv
Kiev, Mar 21 (EFE).- An explosion destroyed Russian cruise missiles in the Crimean town of Dzhankoi as they were being transported by rail, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence agency reported Tuesday.
The agency said the “Kalibr NK” missiles are designed to be launched from the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
“The range of damage of such weapons is more than 2,500 kilometers against land targets, and 375 kilometers against sea targets,” it said.
“Glory to Ukraine!” it ended.
Kyiv has not claimed responsibility for what could be a rare attack in the territory that Russia has occupied since its 2014 illegal annexation.
The intelligence service also said after the explosion that the “process of Russia’s demilitarization” continues as well as the preparation for “the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea for deoccupation.”
Crimea residents had reported on social networks that there had been a series of explosions in Dzhankoi area.
The head of the city’s administration, Igor Ivin, told Crimea-24 TV that drones had attacked the city and were shot down by an air defense system, injuring one person and damaging a technical school, houses and a store.
A state of emergency was declared in the area.
The incident comes as China’s President Xi Jinping is in Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and as Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was to arrive in Kyiv to meet Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy. EFE