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The Russian naval headquarters for its Black Sea fleet in occupied Crimea in Ukraine was hit by a drone on Saturday, a Russian official said.
The Moscow-installed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, went to Telegram to confirm the hit and said a drone had crashed onto the roof of the building.
There were no reported casualties.
Razvozhayev first said the drone flew “into the roof” of the building, noting that Russian forces had been unable to bring down the attack.
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Half an hour later, he edited his comments on the social media platform, saying the drone was shot down “right over the fleet headquarters. It fell on the roof and caught fire.”
It remains unclear whether the drone was shot down or not, but videos posted online showed black smoke billowing over the building.
A Russian official in Crimea, Oleg Kryuchkov, also took to Telegram to urge citizens in Crimea to “keep calm” while “attacks by small drones continue” around Crimea.
“The goal is not military, but psychological,” he added. “The explosives are minimal and cannot cause significant damage.”
Russia’s naval forces in Crimea have faced several setbacks in recent months, and Western officials this week ruled that half of the fleet’s naval fighter jets are out of service, according to a Reuters report.
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Earlier this month, multiple explosions were reported at Novofedorivka airport, about 100 kilometers north of Sevastopol on the west coast of Crimea.
At least nine fighter jets were wiped out in the explosions that Russia tried to downplay by claiming the munitions had accidentally exploded at the airport.
But footage of the incident could suggest it was a rocket attack.
The Western official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters that Ukraine saw “kinetic effects” behind Russian lines that “have a significant psychological effect on Russian leadership”.
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Britain’s Defense Ministry determined on Saturday that neither Ukraine nor Russia made major progress this week, and officials do not believe major gains will be made in the coming weeks.
“Russian forces are likely only willing to carry out limited local attacks for the time being, rarely involving more than one company of troops,” the ministry said in its daily briefing. “However, in the coming months, the initiative will go to any side that manages to generate a credible, dedicated force for offensive operations.”