Russia announces the destruction of 13 Ukrainian drones over the Crimean Peninsula in Moscow

Russia said it repelled Ukrainian drone attacks on several parts of Crimea, outside Moscow and two border areas on Sunday.

Ukraine targeted Crimea throughout the Russian offensive, but attacks there have intensified recently with Kiev pledging to regain the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

Since Ukraine launched its counterattack in early June, Russia has weathered waves of drone attacks that caused sporadic damage to buildings, including in the capital, Moscow.

Russian officials downplayed its importance.

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

She added that the drones had been “thwarted”.

Most of the attacks occurred early Sunday.

Late Sunday, three drones were destroyed over southwestern Crimea, as well as one drone over the Belgorod border region, Defense Ministry updates said.

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

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

In its report on Sunday, the Russian ministry claimed that production workshops at a military vehicle repair factory in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv had been bombed.

She added that the buildings “in which armored vehicles belonging to the Ukrainian Armed Forces were being repaired and restored were subjected to a missile attack.”

The governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Senegubov, had earlier said in his report on Sunday that shortly after midnight, “Russia launched a missile attack on the city of Kharkiv,” but claimed that the attack was a civilian project.

He said on Telegram: “The missiles hit a civil institution building. A fire broke out.”

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