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Russia Shoots Down 20 Drones Over Crimea After Series of Attacks on Moscow

Russia successfully defended itself against an attack by 20 Ukrainian drones targeting Moscow-annexed Crimea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The ministry reported that 14 drones were shot down by Russian air defenses, while the remaining six were jammed electronically. There were no reported casualties or damage. Ukrainian officials have not confirmed or denied their involvement in the attacks.

Videos circulating on Russian social media showed smoke rising above the bridge that connects Russia to Crimea. The governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, stated that Russian air defense also prevented an attack on the bridge by shooting down two Ukrainian missiles. The bridge was not damaged, but traffic was briefly halted. A representative for the governor claimed that a “smoke screen was put up by special services.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry “strongly condemned” the attempted attack on the Crimean bridge, calling it a “barbaric action” by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The ministry stated that such actions will not go unanswered.

In addition to the attempted attack on the bridge, Russian air defense also shot down a missile over the Kerch Strait. The bridge connecting Crimea and Russia holds great significance for Moscow and serves as a key artery for military and civilian supplies.

The recent drone and missile attacks come after several consecutive days of drone attacks on Moscow. While these attacks may have little military value for Ukraine, they have succeeded in unsettling the Russian population and highlighting the consequences of the ongoing conflict.

Russia also claimed to have regained control of the village of Urozhaine in Ukraine’s Luhansk region through an overnight counterattack. However, the apparent success of Russia’s counterattack is marred by reports of civilian casualties in Ukraine’s Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Despite the ongoing conflict, the city of Odesa on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast has reopened several beaches for the first time since Russia’s invasion in February 2022. However, beach access during air raid alerts is strictly forbidden.

The strategic port of Odesa, which is a major hub for exporting grain, has been targeted by repeated missile and drone attacks. Additionally, Russian mines have frequently washed up on the city’s beaches.

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, it is clear that both sides are resorting to unconventional means such as drone attacks. These attacks have the potential to inflict damage and disrupt the daily lives of civilians in both countries. It is crucial for the international community to actively seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict and prevent further escalation.

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