Russia claims drone assault on Crimean port repelled

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet repelled a drone assault on the Crimean port of Sevastopol within the early hours of Monday, the Moscow-installed governor of town has stated on the Telegram messaging app.

“Based on the newest data: one floor drone was destroyed … the second exploded by itself,” governor Mikhail Razvozhaev wrote. “Now town is quiet however all forces and companies stay on alert.” No harm was reported, in keeping with Razvozhaev.

Sevastopol, together with the remainder of the Crimean peninsula, was declared annexed by Russia in 2014 however is internationally recognised as a part of Ukraine. There was no instant response from Ukraine. Kyiv virtually by no means publicly claims accountability for assaults inside Russia and on Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine.

Explosions had been final heard in Sevastopol in February, in keeping with Ukrainian media, when Razvozhaev stated Russian air defences had shot down a drone over the Balaklava Thermal Energy Plant.

Crimea and Sevastopol, house to the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, have been the sire of standard explosions since August.

In October, a blast crippled the closely guarded Kerch bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland, a key logistics hyperlink for Russian troops in southern Ukraine.

The town of Balaklava, Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula.
The city of Balaklava, Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula. {Photograph}: Anadolu Company/Getty Pictures

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