Russian Navy repels drone attack in Crimea

File – Maxim, a Ukrainian Army drone pilot, pilots a drone in Donetsk oblast. – Europa Press/Contacto/Adrien Vautier

The Russian Navy has repelled during the early hours of Wednesday morning a surface drone attack in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula.

Three vehicles were destroyed while attempting to penetrate the city’s bay, according to a statement on the official Telegram channel of Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev.

Russian authorities have stated that there are no injuries and no warships have been damaged.

Last Monday the Ukrainian Defense Ministry claimed that an explosion destroyed several Russian missiles being transported in the Crimean peninsula, without specifying whether the explosion was due to an attack by Ukrainian forces.

For his part, the Russian governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov, assured that the city’s air defenses were activated Monday night against a Russian drone attack, reporting only light damage to civilian buildings and denying damage to military structures.

These attacks have been carried out just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Crimean peninsula for the first time in more than two years to mark the ninth anniversary of the peninsula’s incorporation into Russia in what Ukraine and its allies described as an illegal annexation maneuver.