Russia claims 13 Ukrainian drones were destroyed over Crimea and Moscow | Albiseyler

Russia claims 13 Ukrainian drones were destroyed over Crimea and Moscow

Russia said it repelled attacks by Ukrainian drones over several parts of Crimea, outer Moscow and two border regions on Sunday.

Crimea has been a target of Ukraine during Russia’s offensive, but attacks there have recently intensified as Kiev vowed to retake the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

And since Ukraine launched a counteroffensive in early June, Russia has weathered waves of drone attacks that have sporadically damaged buildings, including the capital, Moscow.

Russian officials downplayed their importance.

“The drones were intercepted over the western, southwestern, northwestern and eastern parts of the Crimean peninsula; over the Istra and Domodedovo regions of the Moscow Region, the Belgorod and Voronezh regions,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a Telegram summary of Sunday’s attacks.

The drones “were thwarted,” he added.

Most of the attacks were early Sunday morning.

Three drones were shot down over southwestern Crimea late Sunday, as well as a lone drone over the border region of Belgorod, the Defense Ministry said.

Telegram updates during the day a total of 13 drones were destroyed, including nine over Crimea.

They did not say whether the attacks caused casualties or damage.

The Russian ministry said in its summary on Sunday that the production workshops of a plant for the repair of military vehicles in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv had been hit.

Buildings “where repairs and restoration of armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were carried out were hit by a missile strike,” it said.

Kharkiv Governor Oleg Synegubov had earlier said in his own summary on Sunday that shortly after midnight Russia had “launched a missile attack on the city of Kharkiv”, but maintained that a civilian object had been hit.

“The rockets hit the building of a civilian enterprise. There was a fire,” he said in Telegram.

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