Russia accuses Ukraine of striking Black Sea fleet HQ on Navy Day
Moscow/Lviv, Jul 31 (EFE).- Russia on Sunday accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Crimea ahead of planned Navy Day celebrations, leaving six people injured, the Russian governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev said on Telegram.
A drone-borne explosive device hit the courtyard of the barracks in the city of Sevastopol, in the south of Crimea, a region Russia controlled since it annexed the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
“Early this morning, Ukrainian Nazis decided to spoil our Navy Day,” Razvozhayev said, adding all celebrations to mark the event in Sevastopol have been canceled.
“I ask that you remain calm and stay at your homes,” he added.
The Ukrainian authorities denied reports of an “alleged Ukrainian attack.”
“The liberation of our Crimea from the occupiers will go differently & much more effectively. Everything has its time,” Serhiy Bratchuk, the head of the Public Council at Odesa Regional State Administration, said in a Telegram message.
The attack comes as Russian president Vladimir Putin prepares to hold a parade in St Petersburg to mark Navy Day.
After the parade, Putin will approve the new Russian naval doctrine, which was modified after the invasion of Ukraine.
More than 40 warships, including submarines, 42 planes, and more than 3,500 soldiers will take part in the naval parade, according to the Kremlin.
Since the beginning of Russia’s onslaught on its neighbor, the Russian fleet has actively attacked Ukrainian territory with missiles. EFE