The naval port of Sevastopol in occupied Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, was rocked by a series of mysterious explosions on October 29. Ukraine has still not admitted to being behind the attack, but President Volodymyr Zelensky, without claiming credit, has announced a fundraising campaign to secure “a fleet of marine drones”.
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Just hours after the explosions in Russia on Monday, Ukrainian officials said more than a dozen Russian bombers took off from Engels-2 airbase. Anti-aircraft alarms sounded in Kyiv, the capital, and other cities. The Ukrainian Air Force said more than 70 missiles were fired and more than 60 shot down.
“Unfortunately, we still cannot ensure the complete safety of our skies – there have been several hits,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly video address. “Unfortunately, there are casualties. To date, there are four people killed by Russian strikes today.”
Amid the volley of attacks, the remains of a missile were discovered in the territory of Moldova, western Ukraine, the Moldovan Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. . The country’s government protested against the firing of Russian missiles through its airspace to reach Ukraine.
The Moldovan government did not say when the missile, found in a snowy orchard in Briceni, a small town near the border with Ukraine, had crashed there, or if it had been fired by Russia or the ‘Ukraine.
Last month, a Ukrainian air defense missile, fired at a Russian barrage, landed in Poland, killing two people. Such instances of violence spilling over Ukraine’s borders raise the specter of an extension of the war, which the Western alliance is keen to avoid.