Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has repelled a surface drone attack on the port of Sevastopol in Crimea.
"Our fleet repelled a surface drone attack early this morning. So far, three drones have been destroyed. They attempted to penetrate the bay, but our Navy men opened gunfire against them. Also, air defenses were activated," Sevastopol's Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev reported on his Telegram channel on Wednesday.
No warships were damaged in the attack, he said. "No one was injured … the explosions blew out windows in nearby buildings," the official wrote, adding that the situation was being monitored, with all emergency services being on high alert.
The Black Sea Fleet has been hit by a series of drone attacks since Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022.
The latest attack came just days after a Russian jet hit a US Reaper drone, crashing it
Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry said the pilots of the Russian jet involved in the crash incident of a US spy drone over the Black Sea will be nominated for decoration.
The ministry said they will be awarded for “preventing” a US drone from “violating” international airspace restrictions put in place by Moscow.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu “has put forward for state awards the pilots of the Su-27 aircraft who prevented the US MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle from violating” the restricted flight zone established by Moscow amid the Ukraine conflict, the ministry’s statement read.
The statement added that the borders of the area in question had been made known to all users of international airspace.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon accused Russia of bringing down its surveillance drone, claiming that two Russian jets dumped fuel on the drone and one of them damaged its propeller.
Russia's Defense Ministry has dismissed the Pentagon's accusations, saying its jetfighter did not come in contact with the American drone, nor did they fire on them.