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Russia: Drone downed in Crimea, sparking fire on roof of Black Sea fleet HQ

No reports of victims as Sevastopol governor blames Ukrainian forces for latest attack on Russian-annexed peninsula

A screenshot of video from social media purporting to show a blaze on the roof of Russia's Black Sea fleet headquarters, in Sevastopol, Russian-annexed Crimea, August 2022. The governor of Sevastopol said the drone was downed and then crashed into the roof, sparking the fire. (Screen capture: Twitter)
A screenshot of video from social media purporting to show a blaze on the roof of Russia's Black Sea fleet headquarters, in Sevastopol, Russian-annexed Crimea, August 2022. The governor of Sevastopol said the drone was downed and then crashed into the roof, sparking the fire. (Screen capture: Twitter)

MOSCOW — A drone was shot down over the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet in annexed Crimea on Saturday, a local official said.

“The drone was shot down just above the fleet headquarters” in the city of Sevastopol, city governor Mikhail Razvojaev wrote on Telegram, blaming the attempt on Ukrainian forces.

“It fell on the roof and caught fire,” he said, adding that there was no major damage or victims.

It was the second attempted attack against the fleet headquarters in less than a month.

On July 31, a drone attack in the headquarters courtyard wounded five people and led to the cancellation of celebrations that had been planned for Fleet Day.

It also marked the latest attack to target Russian military infrastructure in Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula that Moscow seized and annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

On Saturday, air defense systems were activated in Evpatoria in western Crimea.

On Thursday, Russian forces shot down a drone near an air base in Sevastopol.

On Tuesday, explosions ripped through a military base and ammunition depot in Crimea.

In early August, a blast at the Saki air base killed one person and wounded several others.

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