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7 May, 2023 05:22

Multiple Ukrainian drones attack Crimea – authorities

The raid was repelled, resulting in no damage, Sevastopol’s governor has said
Multiple Ukrainian drones attack Crimea – authorities

Over ten Ukrainian drones were launched to strike Crimea, Russia on Saturday night, Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev has claimed. The attack was repelled, according to the official, and no damage was caused by the UAVs.

In a Telegram message posted on Sunday, Razvozhaev reported that one drone had crashed in a forest and two others were intercepted by air defenses.

“No objects in the city were damaged. All services continue to monitor the situation,” he added.

On Saturday, local officials reported that Ukrainian forces had launched at least two ballistic missiles toward Crimea earlier that day. They were both taken down by air defenses.

Crimea has repeatedly been the target of Ukrainian drone and missile strikes, with raids reportedly becoming more frequent in recent weeks.

Kiev insists on re-capturing all of its former territories from Russia, including Crimea, which voted in a referendum to join Russia in 2014 in the aftermath of the Western-backed Maidan coup. Four other former Ukrainian territories – the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions – voted to become part of Russia in similar referendums last September.

Moscow has said it is open to talks if Kiev recognizes “the reality on the ground.” Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, however, signed a decree prohibiting negotiations with the current Russian leadership.