- A drone attack in St. Petersburg forced the cancellation of Russia’s Navy Day.
- Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev blamed Ukraine for the attack.
- Five people were injured.
A senior official in Russian-annexed Crimea accused Ukraine on Sunday of carrying out a drone strike ahead of planned celebrations to mark Navy Day, wounding five and forcing the cancellation of the celebrations.
The accusation comes just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin is to oversee Navy Day celebrations in his hometown of St. Petersburg and endorse Russia’s naval doctrine as Moscow presses ahead with its military intervention in Ukraine.
“An unidentified object flew into the yard of the naval headquarters,” wrote Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol, home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, on the Telegram messaging app.
According to the preliminary information, it is a drone.
He said Ukraine had decided to “spoil Navy Day for us”.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Razvozhayev said five employees of the naval headquarters had been injured in the incident and that the Federal Security Service (FSB) was investigating the circumstances.
“All celebrations have been canceled for security reasons,” Razvozhayev said.
Please stay calm and stay home if possible.
Navy Day is an annual Russian holiday when its navies organize naval parades and honor its sailors.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, sparking a wider row with the West that deepened over Moscow’s role in an insurgency by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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‘All celebrations have been cancelled’ – drone attack on Black Sea Fleet HQ, blamed on Urkaine
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