Drones Descended on Moscow. Now, on Crimea

Russian Defense Ministry says it shot down 14, jammed 6 electronically; Ukraine is staying mum
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2023 6:00 AM CDT
Russia: We Shot Down 14 Drones Targeting Crimea
Police and emergency vehicles are seen parked at the side of wreckage near the Karamyshevskaya embankment after a reported drone attack in Moscow on Friday.   (AP photo)

Russia thwarted an attack by 20 Ukrainian drones targeting Moscow-annexed Crimea overnight, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday. Fourteen drones were shot down by Russian air defenses and a further six were jammed electronically, the ministry said in a Telegram post. No casualties or damage were reported, per the AP. Kyiv officials neither confirmed nor denied Ukraine's involvement in the attacks. The overnight attacks followed three consecutive days of drone attacks on the Russian capital of Moscow.

Firing drones at Russia, after more than 17 months of war, has little apparent military value for Ukraine, but the strategy has served to unsettle Russians and bring home to them the conflict's consequences. Drone attacks have increased in recent weeks both on Moscow and on Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014—a move that most of the world considered illegal. Elsewhere, Russia claimed Saturday it had regained control of the village of Urozhaine in Ukraine's easternmost Luhansk region in an overnight counterattack.

A 73-year-old woman was killed early Saturday morning in Russian shelling of Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region, according to regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov. Ihor Klymenko, Ukraine's internal affairs minister, said a police officer was killed and 12 people wounded when a guided Russian aerial bomb hit the city of Orikhiv in Ukraine's partially occupied southern Zaporizhzhia region. Four of the wounded were also police officers, he said. Local officials said explosions rang out Saturday morning in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's hometown, but that there were no known casualties.

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On Ukraine's Black Sea coast, the city of Odesa opened several beaches for the first time since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022. Odesa Gov. Oleh Kiper said that six beaches were open, but he stressed that accessing beaches during air raid alerts was forbidden. The strategic port and key hub for exporting grain has been subject to repeated missile and drone attacks—particularly since Moscow canceled a landmark grain deal last month amid Kyiv's grinding efforts to retake its occupied territories—while Russian mines have regularly washed up on the city's beaches.

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