Kyiv has promised to retake the peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014.
Russia’s defence ministry has stated its air defence forces destroyed a large-scale Ukrainian-launched drone assault on the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Crimea has been focused by Kyiv since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, however has come underneath extra intense, elevated assaults in latest weeks.
The Russian Ministry of Defence stated early on Friday its forces shot down 9 drones, whereas 33 others “have been suppressed by digital warfare and crashed with out reaching the goal”.
It didn’t elaborate on whether or not there had been any harm or casualties. It added that it had additionally shot down a Ukraine-launched missile over the Kaluga area, which borders the Moscow area.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of the Crimean port metropolis of Sevastopol, stated on the Telegram messaging app that a number of drones have been destroyed over the Khersones promontory. The cape is situated on the outskirts of Sevastopol, which is dwelling to Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
It was not clear whether or not these drones have been among the many 42 reported by the defence ministry.
“All forces and companies are in a state of fight readiness,” Razvozhayev stated.
Kyiv has repeatedly stated it plans to take again Crimea, and the drone assault comes two days after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed a Kyiv convention on Crimea that the peninsula can be “de-occupied like all different components of Ukraine which might be sadly nonetheless underneath the occupier”.
On Thursday, Ukraine stated its forces had landed on the peninsula and raised the nation’s flag throughout a “particular operation” to mark its second wartime Independence Day.
The particular forces troops landed on Crimea’s western shore close to the cities of Olenivka and Mayak, the place that they had “engaged in fight”, Ukraine’s GUR intelligence company stated.
Moscow has additionally accused Ukraine of attacking the Russian-built bridge that connects the peninsula to Russia and is a key provide route for the Russian navy.
The bridge, the one crossing over the Kerch Strait, has been closed attributable to a number of incidents, together with an explosion in July.
Russia has proven no signal of abandoning Crimea, which it has been utilizing as a platform to launch missiles on Ukrainian targets.
Moscow took management of Crimea after a referendum held after Russian forces seized the peninsula 9 years in the past that it claimed confirmed the individuals of Crimea, who primarily communicate Russian, wished to be a part of Russia.
Ukraine has dismissed the referendum as a sham, and the worldwide neighborhood doesn’t recognise Moscow’s jurisdiction.