Russia claims 13 Ukrainian drones destroyed over Crimea and Moscow | ET REALITY


Russia said it repelled Ukrainian drone attacks on several parts of Crimea, the outskirts of Moscow and two border regions on Sunday.

Crimea has been a target of Ukraine throughout the Russian offensive, but attacks there have intensified recently as kyiv vows to take back the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

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

Russian officials have downplayed its importance.

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

The drones “have been thwarted,” he added.

Most of the attacks occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sunday night, three drones were destroyed over southwestern Crimea, as was a lone drone over the Belgorod border region, according to Defense Ministry updates.

Telegram updates throughout the day totaled 13 drones destroyed, nine of them over Crimea.

They did not say whether there were any casualties or damage in the attacks.

In its summary on Sunday, the Russian ministry said the production workshops of a military vehicle repair plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv had been attacked.

The buildings “where the repair and restoration of armored vehicles of the armed forces of Ukraine were carried out were hit by a missile attack,” he said.

Kharkiv Regional Governor Oleg Synegubov had earlier said in his own round on Sunday that shortly after midnight, Russia “launched a missile attack on the city of Kharkiv,” but claimed that this was a civilian business that had been affected.

“The missiles hit the building of a civilian company. There was a fire,” he said on Telegram.

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