Russia says repelled Ukraine drone attack on Crimea fleet
The Russian army accused Ukraine of a "massive" drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea on Oct. 29, claiming the UK helped in the strike that damaged a ship.
Sevastopol in Moscow-annexed Crimea, which has been targeted several times in recent months, serves as the headquarters for the fleet and a logistical hub for operations in Ukraine.
The Russian army claimed to have "destroyed" nine aerial drones and seven maritime ones, in an attack early Saturday in the port.
Moscow's forces alleged British "specialists", whom they said were based in the southern Ukrainian city of Ochakiv, had helped prepare and train Kyiv to carry out the strike.
In a further singling out of the UK -- which Moscow sees as one of the most unfriendly Western countries -- Moscow said the same British unit was involved in explosions of the Nord Stream gas pipeline last month.
Moscow's military said ships targeted at their Crimean base were involved in a UN-brokered deal to allow the export of Ukrainian grain.
Russia had recently criticised the deal, saying its own grain exports have suffered due to Western sanctions.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-instaled governor of Sevastopol, said Saturday's drone attack was the "most massive" the peninsula had seen.
The city's services were on "alert" but he claimed no "civilian infrastructure" had been damaged.
He called on residents of the city not to post videos of the incident on social media.
"It should be clear to everyone that such information is much needed for Ukrainian Nazis in order to understand how the defence of our city is built," he said.
City authorities said that the harbour was "temporarily" closed to boats and ferries and urged people "not to panic."
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