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Ukraine missile hit Russia’s Navy HQ in crimea
 
By: News Editor
Sat, 23 Sep 2023   ||   Nigeria,
 

At least one Ukrainian missile has struck the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea navy in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, and a major cyber attack has interrupted internet services on the peninsula, Russian-installed officials said.
Russia’s defence ministry said one serviceman was missing after the attack on Friday, revising its earlier statement that the man had been killed. Air defences had downed a total of five missiles, the ministry said.
Ukraine’s military confirmed it had attacked the Russian Black Sea fleet’s headquarters, but gave few details.
“On September 22 close to 12:00 (local time) Ukraine’s defence forces successfully struck the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea fleet command in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol,” it said on the Telegram messaging app.
The Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said the attack had caused a fire and people were being urged to avoid the city centre where the navy building is located, with firefighters working and some roads closed.
Razvozhayev said there were no civilian casualties or damage to civilian infrastructure in his report on the incident on Telegram.
Legitimate targets
Ukraine has intensified attacks in the Black Sea and Crimea, which was seized and annexed by Russia in 2014, as Ukrainian forces press on with a nearly four-month-old counteroffensive.
Ukrainian officials have described attacks on Russian military targets in Russian-held territory as legitimate.
Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council said there were two options for the future of the Russia’s Black Sea fleet – voluntary or forced “self-neutralisation”.
If it did not choose the voluntary option, it “will be sliced up like a salami,” he said on X.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Crimea “will definitely be demilitarised and liberated”. Moscow says it will never give up the peninsula.
Russian-installed authorities said air defences downed another missile on Friday near the town of Bakhchysarai.
Separately, Oleg Kryuchkov, an aide to Crimea head Sergei Aksyonov, said internet service providers on the peninsula were under an “unprecedented cyber attack”, leading to interruptions in service.
-AAP

 

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