By Anthony Marcus, special correspondent in Russia. Eurasia Business News, August 20, 2022

The Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozzhaev said on his Telegram channel that the air defense systems of the city are firing at drones tonight. The official also asked for less filming and posting videos of the operation of Russian air defense systems. The governor did not provide details, urging only everyone to remain calm.

Earlier today, August 20, the head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov reported on the operation of the air defense system : “There were no injuries or injuries … I ask everyone to remain calm and trust only official information.”

On August 20, it was also reported that a drone hit the roof of the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. The drone was shot down by air defense battery right above the building and fell on the roof. No serious damages and no one was injured, reported the Russian authorities.

On August 19 the air defense system already worked in Sevastopol and Evpatoria.

Earlier, on August 18, Mikhail Razvozzhaev said that in the area of the Belbek airport in Sevastopol, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down by an air defense system. On the same day, oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, said that air defense systems had worked in Kerch.

On August 19 the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, announced that Russian air defense systems had shot down 13 Ukrainian drones.

Crimea is now under emergency regime, after the explosions of ammunition in a Russian military warehouse in the Dzhankoy district on August 16. The Russian Ministry of Defense called the incident a sabotage and reported that as a result of explosions a number of civilian facilities were damaged. Power lines, a power plant, a railway track, as well as a number of residential buildings were damaged.

In July, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council and former President Dmitry Medvedev threatened Ukrainian state leaders with reprisals like “judgment day” in the event of an attack on Crimea. Earlier, the Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the hypothetical situation in which Ukraine attacks Crimea as a NATO member, said that in this case, Ukraine and the countries of the Western military alliance will automatically be drawn into a military conflict with Russia.

The Kremlin stated in October 2021 that its concerns about Turkey’s decision to sell Ukraine attack drones were justified and that Turkish drones could destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine. 

Between 2018 and 2020, Kiev imported Turkish TB2 Bayraktar attack drones. Since the end of 2021, Ukraine has already begun its own production of such drones thanks to a technical agreement with Ankara. Further details were not disclosed.

In August, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey said that the defense company Baykar would build a plant in Ukraine to produce drones. According to him, the company has allegedly already registered and bought a land plot.

Update to come.

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