Ukraine launches fresh strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters | Ukraine

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Ukraine has launched another attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, where officials in the annexed Crimean peninsula said at least one drone had been shot down by air defenses.

The reported attack on Saturday morning – a day after explosions broke out near military bases in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine and Russia itself – took place amid cautious optimism elsewhere as two more grain ships left a Ukrainian port.

The shipments, from the port of Chornomorsk, brought the total number leaving Ukraine’s Black Sea under a UN-brokered deal to 27.

While there was no apparent major damage after the reported unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack on Sevastopol, which has not been independently verified by the Guardian, observers said it demonstrated Ukraine’s ability to attack prestige targets deep behind Russian lines.

Video shared on Twitter appeared to show Russian air defenses trying to attack the UAV and dark plumes of smoke billowing from the city.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Sevastopol, wrote on Telegram that a drone hit the roof of the headquarters on Saturday and said there were no casualties, Russia’s Tass news agency reported.

“I’m with the [Black Sea] now the headquarters of the fleet. A drone hit the roof here 25 minutes ago. Unfortunately, it has not been knocked down… There are no casualties,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s defense ministry said on Saturday that its forces had killed a total of 44,900 Russian personnel – an increase from 200 the day before.

On Friday, the US said for the first time it would provide Ukraine with ScanEagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant vehicles, anti-armor rounds and howitzer weapons in a new £655 million aid package to aid its efforts to take back Ukrainian territory.

“These capabilities have been carefully calibrated to make the most difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s position at the negotiating table,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, said in response to the announcement that it was “another important step to defeat the aggressor”.

Wednesday marks six months of war in the region since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

While Russia has made gains in the east, it has been placed on the defensive in other regions as Ukraine ramps up its attacks on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, taken by Russia in 2014.

Last week, a total of nine Russian warplanes were destroyed at an airbase in Crimea.

Russian leaders have warned that such attacks indicate an escalation of the conflict, driven by the US and NATO allies.

In its latest intelligence update on the conflict, the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) said last week it saw “only minimal changes in territorial control along the front lines”.

In Donbas, Russian troops said they have approached the outskirts of Bakhmut but have not broken into the city. In the southwest, it reported that neither Ukrainian nor Russian forces had made any progress on the frontline in occupied Kherson, but added: “Increasingly frequent explosions behind Russian lines are likely to emphasize Russian logistics and air base to the south.”

While forecasting significant changes in the coming week to be unlikely, the Defense Department said, “In the coming months, the initiative will go to any side that manages to generate a credible, dedicated force for offensive operations.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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