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Finally a little bit of payback:
“Drone Hits Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Headquarters in Sevastopol
July 31, 2022 7:35 AM UPDATE July 31, 2022 3:16 PM By VOA News
A small explosive device carried by a makeshift drone hit the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet on the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, wounding six people, local authorities said, while Ukraine said a Russian missile attack killed one of its richest people, a grain merchant.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the drone attack in the port city of Sevastopol, which forced cancellation of ceremonies on Russia’s Navy Day holiday. But the seemingly improvised, small-scale nature of the attack raised the possibility it was the work of Ukrainian insurgents in the territory seized by Russia in 2014, The Associated Press reported.
The drone appeared to be homemade and the explosive device low-powered, the Black Sea Fleet’s press service said. Sevastopol is about 170 kilometers from the Ukrainian mainland, but it is unclear where the drone began its flight.
In light of the attack, an adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mocked the weakness of Russian air defenses.
“Did the occupiers admit the helplessness of their air defense system? Or their helplessness in front of the Crimean partisans?” Oleksiy Arestovich said on Telegram…
Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the annual Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg with an announcement that the Russian Navy is set to receive what he described as “formidable” hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles in the next few months…” Read more Ukraine updates here: https://www.voanews.com/a/ukraine-attacks-russia-s-black-sea-fleet-in-sevastopol/6680894.html
Russia previously had signed a non-interference guarantee for Crimea in 1774, which it violated within a decade, just as Russia has violated the similar Budapest Memo for the entirety of Ukraine, including Crimea. Crimea was Tatar “from 1441 to 1783…. In 1783, violating the 1774 Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca (which had guaranteed non-interference of both Russia and the Ottoman Empire in the affairs of the Crimean Khanate), the Russian Empire annexed the khanate. Among the European powers, only France came out with an open protest against this act, due to the longstanding Franco-Ottoman alliance.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_Khanate