Russia Accuses US Of Involvement In Deadly Ukraine Missile Strike On Crimean Beach

Russian authorities reported that six people were killed and over 100 wounded in Ukrainian drone and missile attacks on Sunday, while Russia’s aerial bombardment of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine claimed at least one life on its second day.

The fatalities included five people, among them two children, who were struck by falling debris from Ukrainian missiles shot down over Sevastopol, a port city in Russia-annexed Crimea. Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of Sevastopol, stated that another person was killed in Grayvoron city, in Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. Regional Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed the additional fatality.

According to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which cited the Health Ministry, 124 people were injured in Sevastopol. The falling missile fragments ignited a forest fire covering over 1,600 square feet and set a residential building on fire. A fifth missile reportedly exploded over the city.

Russia’s Defense Ministry assigned blame to both Ukraine and the U.S. for what it called a “deliberate missile strike on civilians,” alleging that U.S.-supplied ATACMS missiles were used in the attack.

Razvozhayev declared Monday a day of mourning in Sevastopol, with all public events canceled.

In another development, Russia’s Ministry of Defense reported that air defenses intercepted 33 Ukrainian drones overnight in the western regions of Bryansk, Smolensk, Lipetsk, and Tula. No casualties or damage were reported from these incidents.

Meanwhile, a fresh attack on Kharkiv killed at least one person and wounded 11 on Sunday, local officials reported. Mayor Ihor Terekhov stated that the city was hit by a guided bomb, leaving around half of Kharkiv without electricity.

The Sunday strikes followed a Saturday afternoon attack by Russia on Kharkiv, which involved four aerial bombs hitting a five-story residential building and killing three people. Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov mentioned that 41 people were still being treated for injuries as of Sunday.

In a video address after the attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukraine’s allies to strengthen its air defenses. “Modern air defense systems for Ukraine – such as Patriots, accelerated training of our pilots for F-16s, and most importantly, sufficient range for our weapons – are truly necessary,” Zelenskyy urged.

Additionally, two people were injured by falling debris from two Russian missiles shot down over the Kyiv region overnight, according to Ukraine’s air force commander Mykola Oleschuk.

Regional Governor Vadym Filashkin of Ukraine’s partly occupied Donetsk region reported that Russian attacks on Saturday killed two people and wounded four.

In other developments, the Ukrainian Navy released photos on Sunday claiming to show the destruction of a warehouse in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region used to launch and store Iranian-designed Shahed drones. The Navy stated that training instructors and cadets were killed in the Friday night attack. While Moscow has not commented on these reports, officials acknowledged that air defenses had shot down several drones in the region overnight on Friday.