Three dead and over 100 injured by missile shot down over Sevastopol

Monument to the Sunken Ships in Sevastopol. Photo: Wikipedia

Monument to the Sunken Ships in Sevastopol. Photo: Wikipedia

Three people were killed on Sunday when falling debris from an intercepted Ukrainian missile landed on a beach in Sevastopol, the largest city in Russian-occupied Crimea.

According to the Russian appointed governor of the city, Mikhail Razvozhaev, at least 100 people were injured and the “entire healthcare system” had been mobilised.

Razvozhaev said the Ukrainian attack had been successfully “repelled”, with five missiles in total shot down over the Black Sea coast. The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed that four Ukrainian missiles had been successfully shot down and the fifth, after being hit by Russian air defence systems, had deviated from its flight path and detonated its warhead over Sevastopol.

The Ministry also reported that the missiles were American ATACMS missiles.

In addition to civilian fatalities and injuries, Razvozhaev said falling shrapnel reportedly set fire to a residential building on Sevastopol’s North Side and to a forest near the Lazur boarding house.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have not yet commented.

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