MOSCOW: Russia air defense forces shot down two Ukrainian missiles over a bridge connecting Moscow-annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland, an official said on Saturday.
“Air defense forces shot down two enemy missiles over the Kerch Strait. The Crimean bridge was not damaged,” stated Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed governor of the Crimean peninsula.
He urged locals to remain calm.
Pictures on social media showed columns of smoke rising in the vicinity of the bridge.
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 defense systems and six more through electronic warfare, the defense ministry said.
Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, has been targeted by Kyiv throughout Moscow’s Ukraine offensive but has come under more intense, increased attacks in recent weeks.
Kyiv has repeatedly said it plans to take Crimea back and has also targeted the Crimea bridge, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet projects.