The head of Sevastopol announced a downed drone near Belbek airport
According to the governor of the city, Mikhail Razvozhaev, there were no injuries, no one was injured. Previously, the military-civilian administration of Zaporozhye announced a drone shot down in the Kerch region =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
< img class="aligncenter" src="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/6/60/756608530090606.jpg" alt="The head of Sevastopol announced a downed drone near Belbek airport" />< /p> Belbek Airport, file photo
Air defense systems, according to preliminary data, shot down a drone near the Belbek airport in Sevastopol, Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev said in his Telegram.
“There is no damage. No one was hurt, — he said.
Earlier, Reuters, citing eyewitnesses, wrote that at least four explosions thundered in the vicinity of Belbek. Local publics also wrote about the sounds of explosions in Telegram, referring to local residents.
Belbek Airport was built in 1941, and during the Soviet era, fighter aircraft were based on it. After 1991, it was used by the Ukrainian Air Force, and since 2002 it received the status of an international airport and received civilian aircraft. Since 2010, flights have been made to Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk and Moscow. Since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, the Russian Aerospace Forces began to be used as a military airfield.
About an hour ago, air defense systems went off in Kerch in the east of Crimea. According to Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, a Ukrainian drone was shot down there, this happened “at a great distance from the Crimean bridge.” Buildings and infrastructure were not damaged, he said. Adviser to the head of the Crimea Oleg Kryuchkov, in turn, said that there was no danger to Kerch and the bridge.
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