Russian-controlled Crimea hit by 'drone attack' | War in Ukraine

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Russian-controlled Crimea hit by “drone attack” | War in Ukraine

A Russian serviceman walks past a National Guard truck parked near Djankoy train station, Crimea.

< p class="e-p">The strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, controlled by Russia, which has based its Black Sea Fleet there, was targeted by a drone attack on Tuesday, with Russian forces there “in a state of readiness”. #x27;alert.

There is an attack with drones, the governor – installed by Moscow – of the administrative region of Sevastopol, Crimea, Mikhail Razvojayev, said on Telegram. Our air defense forces are in action right now, he added, calling on residents to remain calm.

According to Mr. Razvojayev, who did not no casualties were reported, no civilian infrastructure was damaged.

He said the air defenses shot down two drones near the Balaklava power plant, which has come under attack in the past. Now the city is calm, Mr. Razvojayev said. But all forces and services are preparing for battle.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet is based in the port of Sevastopol. She had been attacked there in late October in what pro-Russian authorities called a massive drone attack by the Ukrainian military.

Russian ships parked in the port of the city of Sevastopol, annexed by Russia in 2014.

This operation, which damaged at least one Russian naval vessel, led Moscow to briefly withdraw from the agreement allowing the export of Ukrainian grain.

kyiv has inflicted several humiliations on the Russian fleet, whose cruise missiles regularly hit its territory. In the spring, Ukraine had notably sunk the Russian flagship, the cruiser Moskva.

Russia had annexed Crimea in 2014 and kyiv, whose army does not ceases to push back that of Moscow in the Ukrainian South, aims to reconquer it. Russian forces had attacked Ukraine from several directions at the start of the invasion on February 24, including from Crimea.

The region's governor said last week that authorities were strengthening their positions on the peninsula as kyiv forces reclaim territory in neighboring Kherson region.

In August, a drone attack on the Russian fleet headquarters in Sevastopol caused no injuries. However, on July 31, another such device landed in the headquarters yard, injuring five of its employees and causing the cancellation of military festivities scheduled for that day.

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Elsewhere on the front, Ukrainians and Russians clashed Tuesday on the tip of Kinbourne, a piece of land nestled at the tip of the left bank of the Dnieper, in the south of the ;Ukraine, south of Mikolaiv, according to Ukrainian authorities.

We have three localities left [to be taken back] on the Kinbourne peninsula before we completely liberate the Mikolaiv region, said regional governor Vitali Kim.

The capture by the The Ukrainian army of the last three villages of the Mikolaiv region at the hands of the Russians would mark another important victory for kyiv a few days after driving Moscow troops out of Kherson, the main Ukrainian city occupied until then, after a counter-offensive of two month. Russia had conquered this area in the early days of its invasion.

A train arrives at the station in Kherson, Ukraine.

In Kherson itself, the Ukrainian public prosecutor's office announced on Monday that it had found four torture sites used by the Russians before their forced retreat from the region ten days ago, kyiv accusing Moscow of war crimes, as was already the case. cases in many areas taken back from the Russians.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian investigators claimed to have arrested for treason – punishable by life in Ukraine – an official of Russian remand centers in Kherson .

From the first days of the occupation of Kherson, this employee of a detention center worked for the invaders […] as a manager of remand centers and places of execution sentences, the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said in a statement.

In Russia, explosions killed three people in the region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, announced on Tuesday the governor of this territory regularly hit by fire attributed to the Ukrainian army and where fortifications are under construction.

On Telegram, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said a woman had died after a bombing in Chebekino, a town eight kilometers from Ukraine. According to the same source, two people died in the explosion of an unidentified projectile in the village of Starosselié, also bordering Ukraine.

The regional capital, also called Belgorod, has already been directly hit several times.

The leader of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, ordered the construction of fortifications in the Russian regions of Belgorod and Kursk as well as in the Lugansk region, occupied by Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Last week, Moscow also announced fortification works in Crimea.

On the diplomatic front, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister warned the European Union on Tuesday against fatigue with the war in Ukraine that seems set to last, pressing for a new sanctions package against Moscow.

If we Ukrainians, we are not tired, the rest of Europe has no moral or political right to get tired, hammered the minister.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meanwhile called on French mayors to provide aid to his country to prevent Russia from using this winter's cold as a weapon of mass destruction in a message released during the congress of the ;Association of Mayors of France (AMF) in Paris.

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