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15 Jun, 2023 03:48

Crimea attacked by drones – governor

Nine UAVs attempted to strike targets on the Russian peninsula, a top regional official has said
Crimea attacked by drones – governor

Air defenses in Russia’s Crimean peninsula have taken out nine drones, Governor Sergey Aksyonov reported on Thursday morning.

According to Aksyonov, six UAVs were shot down while three others were disabled by signal-jamming equipment.

He said that one drone had “exploded” in the village of Dokuchayevo in the central part of the peninsula.

“There are no casualties. Windows were shattered in some houses,” Aksyonov wrote on his Telegram channel, urging residents to stay calm.

Crimea, which is home to several air bases and the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, has been repeatedly targeted by drones since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022.

Last week, UAVs damaged cars and houses in the city of Dzhankoy after being intercepted.

Air raids often occur simultaneously with the shelling of Russian border regions. Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Wednesday that Ukrainian troops had targeted the village of Sobolevka with BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers, damaging homes in a residential area. Earlier this month, Gladkov ordered a partial evacuation of civilians from areas affected by frequent shelling.