Russia's Black Sea Fleet Headquarters Attacked

Russia's Black Sea Fleet Headquarters Attacked

Aug. 21, 2022, 7:26 a.m.

Local leaders in Crimea say the headquarters of the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet was attacked. Russia unilaterally annexed the southern Ukrainian region eight years ago.

The Russian-appointed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, posted a message on social media on Saturday. He said that the fleet's headquarters, which is located in the southern military port city, was the target of a drone attack. He claimed that the drone was shot down above the building that houses the headquarters.

The leader of the Crimean Tartar minority, Refat Chubarov, also issued a report about the attack on social media on the same day.

The latest assault follows a series of explosions on the Crimean Peninsula. Massive explosions hit a Russian air base on August 9, and blasts rocked an ammunition depot at a military base on Tuesday.

The US Institute for the Study of War noted on Friday that there is growing anxiety among Russian authorities and civilians about the threat of Ukrainian attacks.

The think tank said that "Russian authorities installed checkpoints to search Ukrainian cars and identify saboteurs."

The Ukrainian government has not officially acknowledged its involvement in the series of explosions in Crimea. The Kremlin has suggested that Ukrainians are behind the attacks.

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