Twenty Ukrainian drones taken out over Russian Crimea

Russia’s Defense Ministry has reported that the country’s air defenses shot down 20 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over Crimea.

Air defense forces intercepted an attempted “terrorist attack” by Ukraine in the early hours of Saturday over Crimea, the Defense Ministry wrote on Telegram.

The ministry said 14 UAVs were shot down, while six others were incapacitated by means of electronic warfare.

“There were no casualties or damage as a result of the thwarted terrorist attack,” the ministry added.

The destroyed drones had targeted civilian infrastructure on the Crimean peninsula, it further added.

In the meantime, Ukraine has increased the number of drone and missile strikes against targets in Russia in the past weeks as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently hinted at a change in Kiev’s failed military tactics.

In early June, and after a long delay, Ukraine launched a hyped counteroffensive which has till now been largely unsuccessful.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said  Kiev’s increased attacks on civilian infrastructure are meant to distract from its faltering offensive, which has been going on for more than two months but has failed to gain any ground.

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