An explosion in Dzhankoy in Crimea destroyed Russian cruise missiles intended for use by Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. This was reported by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which did not claim responsibility. A Russian military air base is located near Djankoy, which according to Kiev is Russia’s largest military base in Crimea.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Russian officials reported that it was a drone attack. Crimean governor Sergei Aksenov said anti-aircraft fire was fired near Djanko, but he did not say why and did not refer to cruise missiles.
An adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry showed footage he said showed an explosion at a train station in the city. The Guardian has not verified his claim.
Yesterday, an intelligence official from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said that “an explosion occurred in the town of Dzhankoy, north of the temporarily occupied Crimea, destroyed” Russian Caliber-KN cruise missiles “while being transported by rail. These missiles, designed to be launched from ships of Russia’s fleet at sea Al-Aswad has an operational range of more than 2,500 km on land and 375 km at sea.
Djankoy’s driver who was ridden by Russia is said to have said the city was attacked by drones and a 33-year-old man was hit by shrapnel from a drone. This was reported by the Russian state news agency TASS.
While Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for last night’s attack, it has demonstrated its ability to strike long-range targets in Crimea. Russia’s Admiral Makarov ship was damaged in the Black Sea in October in a drone attack on the Crimean port of Sevastopol, according to a video investigation.
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