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Explosions in Crimea: air raid alert declared in Sevastopol

23 September, 2023 Saturday

On the morning of Saturday, September 23, in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol, locals reported explosions and the sound of a missile flying overhead, and a cloud of smoke rose over the city near the Russian naval arsenal. The occupation authorities announced the operation of air defense systems

This was reported by the Crimean Wind Telegram channel. 

It is noted that at around 08:45, the sound of a flying missile was heard in Sevastopol, followed by an explosion.

Smoke was also seen in the east of Inkerman, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet oil depot is located.

According to a correspondent of Krym.Realii, air raid sirens were heard in the city.

Subsequently, the so-called governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said that air defense systems were allegedly operating in the city. Missile fragments fell near Sukharna Bay.

It is also reported that after the explosion, the movement of sea passenger transport on the peninsula was suspended.

At around 09:30, air raid sirens were reported in Sevastopol again. According to locals, the air alert was activated in the areas of Kamyshova Bay, the Korabelna side of Sevastopol, the city center and Inkerman.

According to the propagandist RIA Novosti, the so-called Sevastopol authorities warned of a missile threat in the region.

Smoke rose in the area of Sukharna Balka in Sevastopol, where the Russian naval arsenal is located.

After the "governor" of Sevastopol warned of missile and air threats for the second time, a fire broke out near the village of Zelenogorsk in Crimea. According to Crimean Wind, it could be a so-called smoke screen.

Also, Crimean social media reported a fire near a military unit in the village of Mizhgirya, Belogorsk district.

Ukrainian missile strike hit the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol: details

On Friday, September 22, powerful explosions were heard in the temporarily occupied Crimea: the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed the defeat of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol.

The Russian propaganda agency TASS reported that the wreckage from the attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters was "scattered hundreds of meters away." A "large number" of ambulances were on their way to the scene. 

At the same time, the so-called governor of Sevastopol said that civilian infrastructure near the headquarters was allegedly not damaged. According to him, "not even broken windows were detected". A fire was extinguished at the scene. 

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that air defense allegedly shot down five missiles and reported one dead soldier.

At the same time, the press service of the Strategic Communications Directorate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine later confirmed the hit on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. 

Subsequently, the head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, said that at least 9 people were killed and 16 wounded in the Ukrainian attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. Among them are Russian generals.

In his commentary, Budanov refused to say which missile hit the enemy facility. Instead, Sky News, citing sources in the Ukrainian Air Force, wrote that Storm Shadow missiles provided to Ukraine by the United Kingdom were used in the attack on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters.

Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, suggested two options for the future of the Russian Black Sea Fleet: liquidation will be either voluntary or forced.

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