Russia claims to have shot down many Ukrainian drones that attacked Crimea

Pro-Russian authorities in the Crimean peninsula claimed to have shot down several Ukrainian UAVs off the coast of Sevastopol.

In a statement on his personal Telegram page on January 16, the mayor of the pro-Russian government in the city of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, announced that Russian air defense forces in the Crimean peninsula had stopped a Ukrainian raid on military facilities. Moscow’s infrastructure on the peninsula.

“The air defense forces and units of the Black Sea Fleet shot down seven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the airspace of the Crimean peninsula. All enemy UAVs were shot down at sea and because of this so our military targets on land were not affected,” Razvozhaev said.

The mayor of Sevastopol also alleged that this was part of a plan to raid Russian military bases on the Crimean peninsula by the Ukrainian army. According to Razvozhaev, at least one UAV was shot down while en route to the Belbek airbase.

In recent years, the Crimean peninsula has recorded several explosions targeting Russian military facilities located in this area, including the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet. Pro-Russian authorities in Crimea confirmed that the Ukrainian military was behind the attacks. However, Kiev has not yet confirmed this accusation by Moscow.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 after a referendum. After annexing Crimea, Russia invested in building infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and deployed a lot of military equipment here, turning Crimea into a military logistics center for its forces. Russia.

Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly vowed to take back the strategic Crimea region in the Black Sea. In a speech at the end of 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky affirmed that the conflict that began in Crimea will also end in Crimea, thereby underscoring Kiev’s determination to regain control of the peninsula.

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