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The Russian military has down the Ukrainian drones in Crimea as war broadens

In recent years, Russia has been consistently remoting Crimea and considers it to be its territory now.

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Russian authorities claimed Saturday that they shot down Ukrainian drones in Crimea, while Ukrainian officials claimed Russian forces were making further advances toward seizing one of the few remaining cities in eastern Ukraine that was not already under their control. Russian military forces also maintained their offensive against northern and southern Ukrainian targets.

It was reported by Russian authorities that a drone was shot down by local air defenses in Crimea, the territory that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Sevastopol is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters. The explosions at the Russian airfield and ammunition depot on the peninsula this month were followed by the second drone incident at the headquarters in three weeks.

Saturday morning found residents of Kharkiv, Ukraine, alarmed by the sight of Russian rockets fired from the Belgorod region toward their city. A. Belikov/Vadim

On Saturday, Crimea’s aide to the governor, Oleg Kryuchkov, claimed that air-defense systems in the region’s western part had been activated due to “attacks by small drones.”

“All targets over Crimean territory were successfully hit by air defense systems early Saturday morning. His superior Sergei Aksyonov reported on Telegram that nobody was hurt and nothing was broken.

Despite Russia’s claim that the Crimean Peninsula is now part of the country, and despite the fact that a massive bridge connects the peninsula to the rest of Russia, Ukrainian authorities have never recognized Russia’s annexation of the region.

The governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said the drone was shot down and landed on the roof of the fleet’s headquarters, but that no one was hurt and no major damage was done.

However, the incident highlighted the vulnerability of Russian forces in Crimea. On July 31, a drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea naval headquarters left five people injured and prevented the country from celebrating Russia’s Navy Day.

An explosion occurred at a Russian ammunition storage facility in Crimea this week. Nine Russian warplanes were reportedly shot down last week at a Crimean airbase.

Ukrainian authorities have refrained from making a formal admission of guilt. After the explosions in Crimea, however, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hinted at Ukrainian attacks behind enemy lines.

In the meantime, the fighting has escalated in the southern regions of Ukraine just north of Crimea as Ukrainian forces attempt to drive Russian forces out of cities they have occupied since the beginning of the six-month war.

At least nine people, including four children, were injured by Russian shelling on Saturday in the town of Voznesensk in the Mykolaiv region, according to the regional governor, Vitaliy Kim.

All the children are in critical condition. Kim said on Telegram that the ages of his friends ranged from three to seventeen.

Tikhon Pavlov, 11, walks past the Kramatorsk College of Technologies and Design, where he used to take karate lessons, as a worker cleans up inside following a rocket attack on Friday in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. As reported by (David Goldman/)

According to Ukrainian and Russia-installed local officials, a Ukrainian airstrike hit targets in Melitopol, the largest Russian-controlled city in the Zaporizhzhia region, 100 kilometers (65 miles) north of Crimea.

On Saturday, Ukrainian forces claimed they had destroyed a valuable Russian radar system and other equipment located in occupied territory in the southern Zaporizhzhia region. Whether or not this was the attack on Melitopol was unclear.

The Ukrainian mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Ferodov, reported that the entire city had heard powerful explosions earlier tonight. Initial reports indicate that the target was one of Russia’s military installations near an airport, which the Russian Fascists have been trying to reopen for years.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on Saturday that fighting had heated up near the eastern city of Bakhmut, a small city whose fall would give Russia a foothold from which to threaten the two largest cities still held by the Ukrainians in the eastern Donbas region.

Russia has been trying to finish its months-long campaign to conquer all of the Donbas, where pro-Moscow separatists have declared two republics that Russia recognized as sovereign states at the start of the war, and Bakhmut has been a key target for weeks.

On Friday, August 19, a worker in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, cleans up after a rocket attack that damaged the Kramatorsk College of Technologies and Design. As reported by (David Goldman/)

An official in the disputed Donbas region of Ukraine said Saturday that fighting had continued near four settlements on the border between the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk. The governor of Luhansk, Serhii Haidai, did not reveal the names of the communities. Since capturing nearly all of Luhansk last month, Russian forces have been concentrating on retaking Donetsk from the Ukrainians.

Donetsk province governor Pavlo Kyrylenko posted on Telegram on Saturday that seven civilians were killed by Russian shelling on Friday; four of them were killed in Bakhmut. If the Russians can capture Bakhmut, they will have a clear path to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, the two largest cities in the province that are currently in Ukrainian hands.

Ukraine reported attacks on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk on Friday, as well as the northern region of Kharkiv, which is home to Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Overnight, local authorities reported renewed Russian shelling across a wide front, including the border regions of northern Kharkiv and Sumy, eastern Dnipropetrovsk, and Mykolaiv.