A drone strike has been launched targeting the Russian occupied Crimea peninsula. After Tuesday’s attack, Kremlin officials said Russian forces were on high alert.

The attack comes days after Ukraine claimed another territorial victory and Moscow strengthened its position on the Crimean peninsula. The governor of the Sevastopol administrative region of Crimea, Mikhail Razvozaev, confirmed the attack.

He said in Telegram that the attack was carried out by drones. Our Air Defense Force is now operational. Two drones were shot down. No civilian infrastructure was damaged and residents are urged to remain calm.

Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and ousted Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin president after nationwide pro-democracy protests.

Several key Russian military bases seized the peninsula and used it as a launching pad for an invasion of Ukraine in February.

But in recent months Ukrainian forces have mounted a counteroffensive south towards Crimea and earlier this month recaptured the capital of Kherson, a border region on the annexed peninsula.

A number of explosions have occurred at or near Russian military installations in Crimea since February. In October there was a coordinated drone attack on the key Russian naval port of Sevastopol.

Last week, the governor of the Moscow-aligned region, Sergei Aksyonov, said authorities were strengthening positions on the peninsula. Security measures are in place to ensure the safety of all Crimeans.

Ukraine said on Tuesday it had recaptured almost all of the fighting on an isolated Black Sea peninsula.

(23 November/DM)