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Ukrainian drone strikes Russian Black Sea fleet

In the Crimean city of Sevastopol, a drone struck the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet early on the day the 20th of August. This attack occurred soon after several Russian air bases and depots from the same area sustained heavy damage just nine days before. 


Mykhailo Razvozhaev, the Russian-appointed governor of occupied Crimea, stated at first that the drone had not been shot down. Later on, he walked back this statement by stating the drone had been “shot down right above the fleet headquarters. It fell down and caught fire.”


Without going into detail, he also claimed that anti-aircraft systems have been brought back to operation in Sevastopol.


Footage of the attack has been released online, showing large plums of smoke rising from the fleet’s headquarters, but so far, no news sources have been able to confirm their validity. 


Kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the strike, with the most recent statements by President Volodymyr Zelensky talking about how the power plant’s safety can begin to be restored after the inspection concludes.


Moscow has also not entirely blamed Kyiv for the attack, hinting toward a special military operation conducted by Ukrainian forces or those loyal to its government.


Regardless of the event’s timeline, if Ukrainian forces are responsible, there is a pattern appearing to emerge that Ukraine is focusing more on Crimea, and Russian forces continue their campaign in the eastern half of the country. This primarily consists of the continuous shelling of cities such as Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Mykolaiv.


Meanwhile, inspectors from the nuclear watchdog group International Atomic Energy Agency have also been granted access to inspect the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is most famous for being the largest of its kind in Europe. 


The inspection comes in the wake of the power plant being shelled on Friday, causing accusations to fly back and forth between the Russian and Ukrainian governments. 


Russia has also accused Ukraine of poisoning its soldiers, claiming to have found botulinum toxin type B in the bodies of servicemen. The claim offers no supporting evidence while not stating how many were affected or clarifying what their condition is.


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