Russia says Crimea naval HQ hit in missile assault

MOSCOW: A Russian-occupation official in annexed Crimea stated Friday {that a} Ukrainian missile had struck the headquarters of Mocow’s Black Sea fleet, the most recent assault by Kyiv on the peninsula.

Crimea has been focused by Ukraine all through Russia’s offensive however assaults on navy installations there have just lately intensified as Kyiv vows to recapture the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

“The headquarters of the fleet have been hit in an enemy missile assault,” Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Crimea’s largest metropolis Sevastopol, stated on social media.

Razvozhayev stated that missile fragments had fallen close to a theatre and urged residents to remain away from the location.

In a second publish, he warned that one other aerial assault could possibly be imminent, urging residents of the town, which is residence to greater than 500,000 folks, to stay indoors.

“Consideration everybody! One other assault is feasible. Please don’t go to the town centre. Don’t depart buildings,” he stated.

“Everybody who’s close to the headquarters of the fleet – on the sound of the siren proceed to shelters,” Razvozhayev added.

A supply in Ukraine’s SBU safety service stated there have been no less than a dozen warplanes and Pantsir missile defence programs on the airfield when the assault passed off.

The airfield additionally housed a coaching centre for operators of drones that Russia makes use of to focus on Ukraine.

The SBU supply stated that Ukraine had deployed a swarm of unmanned aerial autos which “overwhelmed Russian air defenses” after which launched Neptune cruise missiles.

Kyiv has additionally repeatedly focused – and hit – the one bridge that connects the peninsula to the Russian mainland, on a number of events leaving injury that took weeks to restore.

The final main assault in July impacted the street part of the bridge, which may additionally accomodate rail site visitors and can be used to move navy tools.

Russian officers stated on Friday that site visitors throughout the bridge had been briefly paused.

Civilian maritime site visitors was stopped earlier on Friday in Sevastopol, Russian-installed authorities stated, with out offering particulars.

Russia’s defence ministry stated its forces had shot down one guided missile and two drones that had focused the peninsula.