The Russian Ministry of Defense announced early Thursday morning that it had shot down 11 Ukrainian drones near Crimea, in addition to two drones that were flying towards the capital, Moscow.
“Two drones that were flying toward the city of Moscow were destroyed,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
“Near the city of Sevastopol, two drones were hit by anti-aircraft defense systems that were in service, and nine other drones were subdued by electronic warfare and crashed into the Black Sea before reaching their targets”.
The Russian Ministry of Defense indicated that no information received about casualties or damage in any of the concerned areas.
These strikes came the day after Russia announced the shooting down of two Ukrainian drones that were on their way to Moscow, and they constitute at least the fourth attack that occurred near the Russian capital in less than a week.
Moscow spared attacks during the conflict in Ukraine, which began more than a year ago, until it began to be targeted by attacks in recent months.
Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, was subjected to a series of attacks during the conflict, and the strikes have intensified in recent weeks.
Russia said on Saturday it had shot down a drone over the sea near Sevastopol, which is home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
In July, a Ukrainian march attack in Crimea detonated an ammunition depot and damaged a bridge over the Kerch Strait linking the peninsula to the Russian mainland.
Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that a war was coming to Russia, with symbolic military centers and bases becoming targets.