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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate and defend the inhabitants of the Donbass region, where people have been suffering from a blockade and regular attacks by the Kiev regime's forces since 2014.

Russia Strikes Ukraine's Facilities Producing Drone Boats Near Odessa

© Photo Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation / Go to the mediabankLaunching Kalibr cruise missiles at terrorist targets in Syria. File photo
Launching Kalibr cruise missiles at terrorist targets in Syria. File photo - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 23.07.2023
This comes as Russian troops have been carrying out retaliatory strikes for several days after two Ukrainian surface drones launched a terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, killing a couple from Russia's Belgorod region and seriously injuring their young daughter.
The Russian Armed Forces launched an overnight missile strike on facilities that manufactured and prepared drone boats near the Ukrainian city of Odessa, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
"Last night, the Russian armed forces launched a group strike with long-range high-precision sea- and air-launched weapons on facilities where terrorist acts against the Russian Federation were being prepared using uncrewed boats, as well as on places where they were being manufactured in the vicinity of the city of Odessa. Foreign mercenaries were present at the affected facilities," the ministry said.
All targets chosen for the strike were destroyed, the ministry added.
The Crimean bridge after the attack by the Kiev regime on July 17, 2023 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 18.07.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Western Sponsors of Kiev Regime Fail to Condemn Attack on Crimean Bridge, Envoy to UN Says
Last Monday, Russia's Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under the article "terrorist attack" in connection with the attack by two Ukrainian surface drones on the Crimean bridge. The attack killed a couple from Russia's Belgorod region and seriously injured their daughter.
Commenting on the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin called it not only a brutal but also a militarily senseless crime. The president assured that Russia would not leave this attack unanswered.
Subsequently, the Russian army launched a series of retaliatory missile strikes on drone boat production and storage facilities, as well as fuel infrastructure facilities and weapons depots of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Odessa, Chornomorsk, formerly Illichivsk, and Nikolaev regions.