(Moscow) The Russian navy “repelled” a drone attack which caused no casualties on Wednesday on the port of Sevastopol, in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, announced the governor of the city.
“The Black Sea Fleet repelled a surface drone attack on Sevastopol,” Governor Mikhail Razvojayev, installed by Russia, said on Telegram.
“In total, three objects were destroyed”, he added, assuring that “the situation is under control”. He said there were no casualties or damaged vessels, but the blasts shattered windows in nearby buildings. Among these buildings is a cultural center called “The House of Moscow”, located next to the port and very well known in the city.
“ They tried to enter our bay, our sailors fired on them with small arms. The air defense also worked,” added Mr. Razvojayev.
According to him, several local radio stations in Sevastopol then broadcast false alerts to residents about an evacuation order after their airwaves were hacked by Ukrainian pirates.
“ After we successfully repelled the drone attack on Sevastopol, Ukrainian Nazis launched an informational attack ”, wrote the governor on Telegram.
“ Information on the evacuation of the peninsula using ferries is being disseminated ”, he specified, denouncing a “ lie ”.
“In the event of a real danger, the alerts will be broadcast on all channels at the same time and, what is most important, they will be broadcast via loudspeakers in the street which are impossible to hack”, assured Mr. . Razvojayev, insisting: “In the city, everything is calm”.
Sevastopol is the home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Since the launch of Moscow’s offensive against Ukraine in February 2022, Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, has been the target of drone attacks several times.
This drone attack comes less than a week after a visit to Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the day after Kyiv announced the destruction of Russian Kalibr cruise missiles during their transport by rail in annexed Crimea without confirming the involvement of the Ukrainian army.
At the end of October, the Russian Black Sea Fleet was hit by a major drone attack blamed by the Kremlin on Ukraine and which prompted Russia to temporarily suspend the important agreement on Ukrainian grain exports.