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Russian cruise missiles destroyed in strike in Crimea, Ukraine Defense Ministry says

Russian cruise missiles destroyed in strike in Crimea, Ukraine Defense Ministry says

Ukraine’s Ministry of Protection claimed late Monday that a strike destroyed Russian “Kalibr” cruise projectiles that were being moved by train in the town of Dzhankoi, in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Ukrainian authorities did not straight assert responsibility for the strike but stated it offers to even more “demilitarize Russia as well as prepare the Crimean peninsula for de-occupation.”

Sergei Askyonov, the Russian-installed head of the annexed peninsula, confirmed there was a strike and also the area’s air protection system was triggered. One person was injured and 2 buildings were damaged, Askyonov stated.

Amateur video geolocated by CNN reveals a big explosion and resulting fireball. An individual is listened to stating off-camera the strike hit the train station. Nonetheless, the video clip did not plainly show what had been hit and also CNN hasn’t had the ability to validate the precise area of the strike.

Two of Russia’s essential army landing fields in Crimea lie in Dzhankoi and Gvardeyskoye, Britain’s Ministry of Protection said in 2022.

” Dzhankoi is likewise a vital roadway and also rail junction that plays a vital role in providing Russia’s procedures in southerly Ukraine,” it stated.

Crimea likewise holds a vital port and also a significant marine base for Russia’s Black Sea fleet in the city of Sevastopol. Several of Russia’s crucial warships have been docked there, consisting of surface area ships geared up with cruise ship projectiles.

The United States has actually formerly accused Russia of making use of cruise missiles discharged from ships in the Black Sea to hit private targets in Ukraine.

Crimea annexation
Because Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2021, Ukraine has actually launched numerous strikes versus Russian settings in Crimea as well as operations that its armed force said ruined Russian Kalibr cruise ship rockets.

Ukrainian officials, consisting of President Volodymyr Zelensky, have actually consistently promised to free the peninsula, which was linked by Moscow in 2014. Zelensky has previously emphasized that for Ukrainians, Crimea is “not just some area” yet “a part of our individuals, our culture.”

The strike complies with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s see to Crimea on Saturday to note the 9th wedding anniversary of its annexation. The go to, which also included a stop in Russian-occupied Mariupol, came simply days after the International Criminal Court accused the Russian head of state of dedicating war criminal activities in Ukraine and issued a warrant for his arrest over a supposed plan to deport Ukrainian youngsters to Russia.

The ICC charges are the initial to be officially lodged against authorities in Moscow considering that it began its unprovoked strike on Ukraine last year. The Kremlin has actually labeled the ICC’s activities as “outrageous and also undesirable.”

The strike comes as Putin hosts Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow. During a meeting on Monday, Xi told Putin that China and Russia have “comparable goals” and he expressed assistance for Putin to be reelected. The war in Ukraine was elevated in the initial hrs of their meeting, as well as is expected to be a key point of discussion throughout Xi’s three-day visit.

Last Updated: 21 March 2023

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