September 27, 2022

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A drone strike targeted the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Crimea

A drone strike on Saturday targeted the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, causing no injuries, the governor of the city on the annexed peninsula said. Crimea, Mikhail Rasvozhaev. “The drone It was shot down just above the naval headquarters, landed on the roof and caught fire,” Rasvozhayev wrote in a telegram. He said the incident “did not cause serious damage or injuries,” blaming the attack on Ukrainian forces.

It was the second drone attack in less than a month on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. On July 31, an unmanned aerial vehicle landed in the courtyard of the Naval Headquarters, injured five of its employees and canceled all ceremonies planned for Russian Navy Day. Ukraine, which has accused Russia of being behind the attack, has denied any involvement, calling the allegations “provocative”.

Escalating attacks in Crimea

The latest attack comes amid an increase in bombings and attacks targeting Russian military infrastructure in Crimea. On Thursday evening, Russian forces shot down a drone near a military airfield in Sevastopol.. On Tuesday, explosions occurred at an army base and an ammunition depot Located in Crimea, Russia called them “sabotage”.

In early August, an explosion of explosives intended for military aviation near the Sagi military airfield in Crimea caused one death and several injuries. In addition, the anti-aircraft defense system was activated in Evpatoria in western Crimea on Saturday, according to the peninsula’s governor, Sergei Aksyonov. The incident “did not cause any damage or injuries,” he assured in the telegram.

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On Saturday, Konstantin Ivashchenko, the mayor of the port city of Mariupol (south-eastern Ukraine), which was captured by Russia after months of siege, was killed in an assassination attempt, according to Russian news reports. agencies. He was driving in front of the municipal zoo when his car exploded on the way, RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a police source. Mr. Ivashchenko “was not injured”, confirmed this source.