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Russia blames U.S. for lethal missile assault on Crimea


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Russia on June 23 mentioned the United States had duty for a Ukrainian missile assault on Russian-annexed Crimea, which it mentioned killed 5 folks, together with three youngsters, and wounded over 100.

A missile exploded above a seaside space of town of Sevastopol, firing shrapnel at folks enjoyable there, Russian-appointed officers mentioned.

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned Washington and Kyiv bore “responsibility for a deliberate missile strike on peaceful residents”, which it mentioned used US-supplied ATACMS missiles.

Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhayev mentioned in a video posted on Telegram that three youngsters and two adults had died and virtually 120 folks had been injured.

The Black Sea port metropolis and naval base on the Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014 however remains to be internationally recognised as a part of Ukraine.

Sevastopol usually comes below fireplace from Ukraine however Sunday’s assault was unusually lethal.

Razvozhayev mentioned the assault hit Uchkuyevka, an space with sandy seashores and lodges.

Videos posted on social media confirmed folks working from the seaside as explosions went off and other people in swimming outfits carrying a stretcher. AFP couldn’t confirm their authenticity.

An area information channel on Telegram, ChP Sevastopol, cited witnesses as saying that an aged girl was killed as she swam within the sea.

Terrorist act

The investigative committee, which probes main crimes, mentioned it was opening an investigation into “a terrorist act”.

The governor mentioned Ukraine had launched 5 missiles which Russian air defences intercepted over the ocean however fragments fell onto the shore wounding folks.

Razvozhayev mentioned shrapnel hit seaside areas within the north of town and set fireplace to a home and woodland.

A Russian defence ministry assertion mentioned Ukraine dedicated a “terrorist attack on the civilian infrastructure of Sevastopol with US-supplied ATACMS tactical missiles loaded with cluster warheads”.

The ministry mentioned 4 missiles had been downed however a fifth modified trajectory after being intercepted “with its warhead exploding in the air over the city”.

It added that “all flight missions for US ATACMS are entered by US specialists based on the US’s own satellite reconnaissance data”.

“Such actions will not be left without a response,” the ministry warned.

Ukraine’s navy has not commented on the assault, which got here a day after a Russian guided bomb strike on town of Kharkiv hit an residence constructing, killing two folks and injuring greater than 50.

On Sunday, Russian strikes hit a home and a youngsters’s instructional facility in Kharkiv, killing one individual and injuring 10 together with two youngsters, regional governor Oleg Synegubov mentioned.

A drone launched by Ukraine on Russia’s southern Belgorod area on Sunday killed a person, the governor mentioned.

Three Ukrainian assault drones struck Graivoron, close to the border with Ukraine, mentioned Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, with one hitting a parking lot close to a multi-storey block of flats.

“A peaceful civilian was killed. The man died from his wounds at the spot” and three folks had been wounded, Gladkov wrote on Telegram.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a social media put up urged supporter nations to assist Ukraine step up assaults on Russian soil.

“We have enough determination to destroy terrorists on their territory – it is only fair — and we need the same determination from our partners. We can stop Russia,” Zelensky wrote.

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