By Le Figaro with AFP

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U.S. Air Force MQ-9 drone over the Black Sea on March 14, 2023. HANDOUT / AFP

The Russian Navy at «pushed back» a drone attack which caused no casualties this Wednesday on the Port of Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, announced the governor of the city. “The Black Sea Fleet repelled a surface drone attack on Sevastopol“, declared on Telegram the governor Mikhail Razvojayev, installed by Russia.

«A total of three objects were destroyed“, he added, assuring that “the situation is under control“. He said there were no casualties or damaged ships but the blasts shattered windows in nearby buildings. “They tried to enter our bay, our sailors fired at them with small arms. Air defense also worked“, he added. Among these buildings is a cultural center called “The House of Moscow», located next to the port and very well known in town.

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According to him, several local radio stations in Sevastopol then broadcast false alerts to residents about an evacuation order after their airwaves were hacked by Ukrainian hackers. “After the drone attack on Sevastopol was successfully repelled, Ukrainian Nazis launched an information attack“wrote the governor on Telegram. “Information about the evacuation of the peninsula using ferries is broadcast“, he said, denouncing a “lie».

«In the event of a real danger, alerts will be broadcast on all channels at the same time and, what is most important, they will be broadcast via loudspeakers in the street which are impossible to hack“, assured Mr. Razvojayev, insisting: “In the city everything is calm».

Frequent target

Sevastopol is the home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Since the launch of Moscow’s offensive against Ukraine in February 2022, Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, has repeatedly been the target of drone attacks.

This drone attack comes less than a week after a visit to Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the day after Kiev announced the destruction of Russian Kalibr cruise missiles during their transport by rail in annexed Crimea without confirming the involvement of the Ukrainian army. In October, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was hit by a major drone attack blamed by the Kremlin on Ukraine.

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