Ukraine denies sending a drone to attack Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in occupied Crimea, the Ukrainian Navy said in a Facebook post on July 31.
The message suggests that Russian forces in occupied Ukrainian territories are getting paranoid about the growing reach of Kyiv’s armed forces.
“The enemy would have you believe that an unidentified flying device flew to Russian Black Sea Fleet HQ (in Sevastopol) and injured five people this morning,” the message said.
“What actually happened was they decided to eschew celebrating their Navy Day, and decided to conjure up this phantom of a Ukrainian attack, in order to save face and cancel their festivities.”
Moreover, these Russian claims further undermine the perceived effectiveness of Moscow’s anti-air defenses, raising concerns about the security of the Kerch Strait Bridge, which links the peninsula to the Russian mainland, according to Kyiv.
“Ukrainian defense forces are proceeding to liberate our lands, by the means, we have at our disposal,” the message noted.
“We aim for legitimate Russian military targets. We do not attack inside Russian territory. Crimea is Ukraine.”
Russia accused Ukraine of using a drone to attack Russian Black Sea Fleet HQ in Sevastopol on July 31, claiming that five people were left injured.