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Ukraine launches missile attacks on Crimea

A photo shared by the Russian-installed governor on Telegram showed flames engulfing what appeared to be a vessel. Photo Credit: Canva

Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking the base of its Black Sea fleet in Crimea with 10 missiles and three unmanned boats.

The strike started a serious fire at a shipyard in Sebastopol that injured 24 people, the Russian military said.

Crimea’s Moscow-installed governor, Mikhail Razvozhayev claimed most of the weapons were intercepted.

Seven missiles were shot down and all the sea drones have been destroyed, a Russian military statement claimed.

But it also said some of the missiles damaged two ships that were being repaired in the shipyard.

The Kremlin’s defence ministry said three kamikaze sea drones were destroyed by the patrol ship Vasily Bykov.

The commander of Ukraine’s air force, Mykola Oleshchuk, warned there was more of such attacks ahead.

The Crimean peninsula, the target of the latest Ukrainian missile attack, had been part of Ukraine until 2014 when it was annexed by Russia.

But since Moscow invaded its pro-Western neighbour in February 2022, Ukraine has been insisting that Crimea would be a target in its much-trumpeted counter-offensive.

Writing by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor