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3 Mar, 2024 03:00

Russia intercepts drone swarm over Crimea – MOD

At least 38 UAVs were shot down over the peninsula
Russia intercepts drone swarm over Crimea – MOD

Ukrainian forces have launched a new coordinated overnight raid against the Crimean Peninsula, in which dozens of hostile drones were destroyed by Russia’s air defenses, Moscow announced on Sunday morning.

“An attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack using 38 unmanned aerial vehicles was prevented,” the defense ministry said in a brief bulletin, adding that all hostile targets were destroyed by the air defenses.

There were no reports of any damage or injuries on the ground, and it remains unclear where exactly the drones were intercepted. Over the course of the night, the Russian authorities announced several closures of parts of the highway leading to the Crimean Bridge, as well as the crossing itself.

The Crimean Peninsula, which is home to a key Russian naval base, has been a frequent target of Ukrainian drone and missile attacks. Ukraine has also used sea drones to attack Russia’s port infrastructure in Sevastopol on multiple occasions. Maritime drones have targeted key transport infrastructure, including the 19-km Crimean Bridge, which was badly damaged in an attack in July but was later repaired and fully reopened in October.

On Saturday morning, Federal Security Service (FSB) agents intercepted an explosive-rigged vehicle that tried to cross into Crimea from Russia’s Kherson Region. An improvised explosive device was discovered, made from parts supplied to Ukraine by NATO states, a source told RIA Novosti.