MOSCOW: Russia air defence forces shot down three Ukrainian missiles over a bridge connecting Moscow-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland, an official said on Saturday.
“Air defence forces shot down two enemy missiles over the Kerch Strait. The Crimean bridge was not damaged,” Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed governor of the Crimean peninsula, said on social media. In a later statement, he said that Russian air defence forces had shot down another Ukrainian missile targeting the bridge. Separately, the Russian defence ministry said that the Kyiv regime attempted to strike the Crimean bridge with an S-200 anti-aircraft-guided missile.
Later in the day, the defence ministry reported a new Kyiv attempt to target the bridge with an S-200 missile. The missiles were detected and intercepted by Russian air defence systems, the ministry said, adding that there were no victims or damage. Earlier Saturday, Russia said that its forces shot down 20 unmanned Ukrainian drones near the Crimean peninsula where Kyiv has stepped up attacks. Fourteen drones were downed by air defence systems and six more through electronic warfare, the defence ministry said.