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Russia-Ukraine Conflict | Explosions rock Crimea amid reports of Ukrainian drone attack

01:28 AM Mar 04, 2024 IST | IANS
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New Delhi, Mar 3: A wave of explosions has rocked Crimea, following reports of a Ukrainian drone attack on the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. Video footage shared online depicts a blast purportedly near a fuel depot in the southeastern city of Feodosiya. Russian authorities have disclosed that they downed 38 drones, prompting a temporary closure of the Kerch bridge connecting Crimea to Russia.

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The assault coincides with Ukraine’s ongoing appeals for increased arms supplies from its allies. Recent gains by Russian troops in Ukraine have strained Kyiv’s military resources, particularly as it grapples with a reliance on Western-made arms. Moscow’s recent seizure of the strategic eastern town of Avdiivka underscores the escalating tensions.

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While Russia has reported no damage from the latest attack on Crimea, eyewitnesses have recounted instances of trembling windows and blaring car alarms. Kyiv, however, has not confirmed its involvement in the incident.

On Saturday a Russian drone struck a residential building in the Ukrainian city of Odesa, claiming the lives of at least 10 individuals, including an infant. The following day, Russia targeted the southern Kherson region, resulting in one death and three injuries, according to Ukrainian authorities.

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The conflict has seen both sides engaging in drone warfare, with Russian forces deploying Iranian-made drones against Ukrainian targets. In response, Ukraine has targeted Russian sites, notably oil facilities, in a bid to counter the military advances.

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Crimea, with its strategic significance owing to its airbases, troop concentrations, training grounds, and the Black Sea fleet, remains a prime target for Ukrainian forces.

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Ukraine’s dependence on weapons supplies from the United States and other Western allies remains stand-in as a $61 billion military aid package remains stalled in Congress, leaving Ukrainian troops grappling with dwindling ammunition supplies.

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