Ukraine has fired a total of 19 drones in the direction of the Black Sea and the Crimean peninsula, with an additional three in the vicinity of Russia’s bordering regions, making this latest wave the largest yet seen in this phase of the conflict.
According to the ministry’s Telegram channel, Russian anti-aircraft units effectively intercepted and destroyed more than a dozen of these drones in the area.
While Ukraine usually avoids officially claiming responsibility for these operations on Russia and Russian-controlled territory, it has taken satisfaction in retelling these strikes, arguing that they help to its military counteroffensive efforts.
Ukraine has recently launched a series of strikes against Russian military infrastructure in occupied Crimea, including facilities of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet, with the goal of undermining Moscow’s military efforts in this critical region.
According to Russia’s defence ministry, Russian air defence systems effectively neutralised at least six drones aimed at Crimea from various angles last Sunday.
The Telegram post did not go into depth about any potential damage or casualties on the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow took from Kyiv in an internationally denounced move in 2014, eight years before Russia’s full-scale invasion.
FOLLOW BELOW FOR LIVE UPDATES…