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The Russian Navy landing ship Yamal sets sail in Istanbul's Bosphorus. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

The Russian Navy landing ship Yamal sets sail in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

Ukraine Says It Hit Two Russian Warships In Strikes On Crimea

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March 24, 2024

KYIV, March 24 (Reuters) – The Ukrainian military said it hit two large Russian landing ships in attacks on the annexed Crimean peninsula early on Sunday, as well as a communications center and other infrastructure used by the Russian navy in the Black Sea.

The statement did not say how it hit the targets, but a Moscow-installed official in the region reported a major Ukrainian air attack and said air defenses had shot down more than 10 missiles over the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

“The defense forces of Ukraine successfully hit the Azov and Yamal large landing ships, a communications center and also several infrastructure facilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in temporarily occupied Crimea,” Ukraine’s military said.

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Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol, said on the Telegram messaging app that a 65-year-old man was killed when three homes were hit by shrapnel.

He also said earlier on Sunday that transport infrastructure including passenger boats and buses were partially damaged, with windows broken on five boats. Three passenger buses, 13 school buses and one trolley bus were among vehicles damaged, he added.

Reuters could not immediately verify the extent of any damage.

(Reporting by Pavel PolityukWriting by Tom BalmforthEditing by David Goodman, Louise Heavens and Frances Kerry)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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