Russia claims to down nine drones over Crimea

AFP , Thursday 15 Jun 2023

Russian forces have downed nine drones over the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, its Moscow-installed governor Sergei Aksionov said Thursday.

Explosion in Crimea
Smoke rises over the site of explosion at an ammunition storage of Russian army near the village of Mayskoye, Crimea. AP


"Last night and this morning, nine drones were detected above Republic of Crimea territory," Aksionov said on Telegram.

"Six devices were shot down by air-defence forces" while three others were "deactivated" before hitting the ground, he said, adding that there were no victims.

However, one of the drones exploded in a village in the centre of the peninsula, breaking windows in several homes, he said.

Drone attacks in Crimea, whose annexation by Moscow has not been recognised by the international community, have increased in recent weeks as Ukraine pursues a counter-offensive against Russian forces.

Kyiv has repeatedly said it plans to take back Crimea.

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