Nighttime Attacks on Crimea: Russia Reports Drone Shootdowns

During the night of October 16th to 17th, according to Russian sources, eight Ukrainian drones were repelled, either being shot down or brought down by other means.

Near the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, eight Ukrainian drones were shot down or “disabled by means of electronic warfare” during the night, as reported by Crimea’s Governor, Sergey Aksyonov, on Telegram, according to In the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, local authorities reported that three more drones were shot down the previous evening. Drone attacks on Russian territory and the annexed Crimean peninsula have increased in recent weeks, in the context of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

These claims have not yet been independently verified and/or confirmed. Therefore, they should be taken with caution. In war, it can be advantageous for conflicting parties to deliberately spread misinformation to strengthen their own position or weaken that of the enemy.

Image: Presidential Executive Office of Russia, Visit to joint staff of military branches involved in special military operation 04, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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