Conflicts & War

Russia flags another drone attack against Crimea

Moscow, Jun 15 (EFE).- Moscow on Thursday flagged another attack by nine drones against the Russia-annexed Crimean peninsula, although claiming that all the aerial vehicles were either shot down or blocked by electronic warfare equipment.

“Nine UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) were detected over the territory of the Republic of Crimea overnight and morning,” Crimean governor Sergey Aksyonov said in his Telegram channel, according to Russian state media Sputnik.

The governor said that the peninsula’s air defense systems had shot down six of the drones while the other three were blocked by electronic equipment.

One of the drones fell in the Krasnogvardesky district, without causing any casualties.

Aksyonov said that windows in a number of houses were smashed by the crash.

Since the October 2022 explosion that partially destroyed the landmark Kerch bridge that connects Crime with Russia, the peninsula has been targeted in several drone and missile attacks.

On Sunday, railway traffic had to be suspended for several hours in the Kirovske district in eastern Crimea, over “damage” to the tracks that Russian independent media attributed to an explosion.

A day earlier, Aksyonov had claimed that Russian air defense systems had shot down two ballistic missiles launched by Ukraine.

One of the possible major war targets for the Ukrainians is the Russian Black Sea Fleet stationed at the Crimean city of Sevastopol, which has had to strengthen all of its defenses: land, sea and air. EFE


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