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At least 5 people were killed after missile fragments scattered on beachgoers in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula

At least 5 people were killed after missile fragments scattered on beachgoers in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula

At least five people were killed and more than 100 others injured when beachgoers were showered with rocket fragments during an operation. Ukrainian Bombing of the city of Sevastopol Russia– Occupied Crimea, authorities say.

“Unfortunately, we currently have 124 victims, including three [are] Two dead children [are] “The dead adults,” Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozaev said on Telegram.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a post on the Telegram app that Ukraine carried out the attack using “US-supplied operational tactical ATACMS missiles equipped with cluster warheads.”

The publication added that Russian air defenses shot down four missiles, but another missile “deviated from its course in the last section due to the impact of air defenses, and the warhead exploded in the air above the city.”

Video footage posted on X shows the aftermath of the strike, with wounded civilians seen being carried from the beach on stretchers before being loaded into vehicles. Beachgoers, some still wearing their swimsuits, could be seen evacuating the area.

One of the victims killed in the Ukrainian raid was the daughter of Oleg Avrianov, the deputy mayor of Magadan. Avrianov’s daughter, Sofia, was nine years old and was vacationing with her parents in Sevastopol, Magadan Mayor Yuri Grishan said.

The losses were due in part to the timing of the strike, which came “at a time when civilians, some were returning from work, others had already gone to the beach with their children,” according to Governor Razvozaev, who declared the day of the attack. Blacksmith.

According to eyewitnesses on the ground, no sirens sounded to warn of the attack. Many local residents also took to the comments section of official posts to express their dissatisfaction that the air raid siren did not warn of an impending attack.

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In response to the Ukrainian attack on Sevastopol, the Russian Defense Ministry said that “such actions will not go unanswered,” saying that responsibility for the attack lies with Washington.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is in constant contact with the Sevastopol authorities, adding that the Russian government’s priority is to provide all necessary assistance to the victims, the RIA news agency reported.

Ukraine has not officially commented on the attack, but CNN has reached out to the Ukrainian military for comment.

Russia has occupied Crimea since its forces annexed the peninsula in 2014. Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, it has been subjected to intermittent attack by Ukrainian forces.

Kiev has previously insisted that its strikes on Crimea, which targeted Russian naval bases and ships, are an integral part of its strategy, which aims to try to isolate the peninsula and make it more difficult for Russia to continue its military operations on the Ukrainian mainland. A Ukrainian source familiar with the strategy told CNN last year.

Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Sevastopol – the largest city in Crimea – was a popular tourist destination for Russians. Even after the outbreak of war, Russians continued to flock to the port city despite the dangers.

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