‘Successful’ strike rocks Crimea: Russian air defenses damaged

During a nocturnal attack using water drones and missiles, the Ukrainian army claims to have hit a base of the Russian air defense in Crimea, as reported by the German news website n-tv.de.

According to their statements, a “strategically important air defense target on the west coast” of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, was successfully attacked. Reports suggest that US-type ATACMS missiles hit a position near the village of Olenivka, injuring 17 soldiers and damaging five vehicles.

On the other hand, Russian authorities state that their Black Sea Fleet repelled an attack of water drones off the coast of Crimea the previous night. The Russian armed forces announced on Sunday that they intercepted 36 Ukrainian aerial drones over the Black Sea and Crimea during the night. Simultaneously, Ukrainian forces are warning of new attacks from Russia. They claim a missile was fired from Russian-occupied Crimea towards Dnipro. Both the military and reporters from Suspilne Ukraine report an explosion in Zaporizhia. Currently, there are air raid sirens in large parts of the east, south, and parts of the northeast.

These claims have not yet been verified or confirmed by independent sources. Therefore, they should be viewed with caution. In times of war, it may be advantageous for conflicting parties to deliberately spread false information to bolster their own position or weaken the enemy’s.

Image: Kremlin.ru, Vladimir Putin (2022-10-10), CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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