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Russian Defense Ministry says intercepts Ukraine's drones over Crimea

A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2, a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capable of remote-control or autonomous flights, belonging to the Ukrainian armed forces. (File photo by AreoTime)

Russia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) says it has thwarted Ukrainian "terrorist attacks" using drones on targets in Crimea.

Russia’s air defenses intercepted dozens of "hostile drones" after Kiev launched a swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the Crimean Peninsula overnight, the MoD announced on Sunday.

"An attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack using 38 unmanned aerial vehicles was prevented,” the ministry said in its early morning bulletin.

So far, there have been no reports of any damage or injuries on the ground from the Ukrainian "hostile drones."

On Saturday, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) officers intercepted an explosive-rigged vehicle attempting to cross into Crimea from Russia’s Kherson Region.

According to a security source talking to Russian media, an improvised explosive device (IED) made from parts supplied to Ukraine by NATO member states had been discovered.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been touring the world in an attempt to secure desperately needed arms and munitions for Kiev to fight Russian troops.

The Ukrainian comedian-turned-president has been heavily relying on the supply of Western weapons and ammunition to continue Kiev's war against Moscow.

According to Andri Teren, a Ukrainian infantry commander in the 110th Brigade, Kiev's deficit of soldiers and ammunition is causing difficulty for Ukrainian forces fighting Russian troops.

“We didn’t have enough people. We didn’t have enough shells. We didn’t have enough possibilities to throw them back. If we had had a large amount, or at least an OK amount of shells, we could have stopped the enemy. But unfortunately, we didn’t have them,” he said, citing the reasons for the Ukrainian forces' latest defeats against the Russian troops.

US-led Western countries have supplied huge shipments of weaponry to Kiev since Moscow launched the special military operation in Donbas in February 2022.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the West that flooding Ukraine with weapons and munitions will only prolong the war, and will not stop the Russian troops from achieving their military objectives.

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