Kremlin on alert after Crimea was hit by “drone attacks”
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Kremlin on alert after Crimea was hit by “drone attacks”

Authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea claim to have “repelled” two drone attacks on the peninsula – one of which was said to have targeted a power plant.

Crimea was illegally annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014 and Kyiv has vowed to reclaim the territory.

According to Euronews, the Russian-installed governor, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said: “For now, our air defense forces on duty are operating… No civilian objects have been damaged, please remain calm.”

Crimean officials have also denied reports that residents are being evacuated.

The head of the Republic of Crimea called it “fake news”.

“Dear residents of Crimea, be guided only by verified official sources of information. Regarding mobilization and evacuation issues – trust only the information that comes from me. You never lie. We will inform you in a timely and honest manner about any situation, even the most difficult and unpleasant”, stated Sergey Aksyonov, the head of the Republic of Crimea.

Otherwise, an evacuation of recently liberated Kherson and Mykolaiv has begun, but is being organized by the Ukrainian authorities.

This is due to the fear that power and water cuts after the Russian shelling will make the winter unlivable in these areas.

As locals flee, Ukraine’s government is warning the West of “war fatigue,” calling on the European Union to work on a ninth package of sanctions against Russia.