Forceful attack in Crimea: Sevastopol airport targeted and major bridge closed amid ongoing assault
The first indications of unnerving developments in Crimea were reported after 8 AM Eastern Time. The press service of the Crimean bridge announced its closure and advised all drivers to follow the instructions given by authorities.
The authorities of Sevastopol on the attack in Crimea
After 8:30 AM Eastern Time, Russian Telegram channels commenced broadcasting distressed messages about the ongoing assault on the region. The initial reports of detonations were linked with the air defense operation attempting to intercept intrusive aircraft over Sevastopol.
Once again, the military used a smoke screen over the bay. The authorities have urged residents to stay sheltered and obey instructions.
Explosions were also reported in the cities of Dzhankoy and Saki.
A significant number of missile trails were seen over Sevastopol.
Several news agencies reported that the airport near Sevastopol was targeted. "There's a series of loud explosions. Keep your cool. There's a noticeable racket in the city. Do not leave your shelters," one local channel stated.
The same channel displayed a video showcasing the downing of a missile.
Russian media outlets are suggesting that the attack was launched by a Ukrainian Su-24.
The Governor of Sevastopol conveyed that the smoke was a response to shooting down an "air target" that landed on empty ground. He reiterated the need to keep calm, follow directives, and stay inside shelters. "Air defense is still operational. The military is working on neutralizing airborne threats," he noted.
Kiev has not yet commented on the attack in Crimea.
Public transportation services in Sevastopol have been temporarily halted.