Ukraine updates: Russia’s Crimea navy headquarters attacked – DW – 09/22/2023

Ukraine updates: Russia’s Crimea navy headquarters attacked – DW – 09/22/2023
Skip next section What you need to know

What you need to know

The headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet was struck in a missile attack on Friday, according to a Russian-appointed official.

The attack took place at Russia’s naval base in the city of Sevastopol in Russian-annexed Crimea.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled to Canada for an unannounced visit. He is due to hold talks with  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to address the country’s parliament later on Friday.

Here are the main headlines concerning Russia’s war in Ukraine on Friday, September 22:

Skip next section Headquarters of Black Sea fleet attacked, Moscow says

September 22, 2023

Headquarters of Black Sea fleet attacked, Moscow says

In this 2019 file photo, a Russian submarine and warship are pictured at the Crimean port of Sevastopol
There were reports of an extensive fire at the Sevastopol navy base after the missile attackImage: Ulf Mauder/dpa/picture alliance

Russian-appointed officials say at least one Ukrainian missile struck the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea navy in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Friday.

“The enemy launched a missile attack on the fleet headquarters. A fragment fell near the Lunacharsky Theater… All operational services went to the incident scene. Information about the victims is being clarified,” local governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said on Telegram,  according to Russian state media Sputnik.

He warned that “another attack is possible” and called on residents not to leave their buildings. Local authorities have closed off the center of Sevastopol.

Ukrainian and Russian media reported smoke and explosions coming from the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine also shared alleged footage from the scene.

The recordings have not yet been independently verified.

Russian officials also reported they had downed a Ukrainian missile near the town of Bakhchysarai, around 30 kilometers (19 miles) north-east of Sevastopol.

Ukrainian forces have attacked the port of Sevastopol several times in the past. The most recent strikes were carried out last week and injured 24 according to Russian authorities.

Crimea has been a prime target for Ukraine as it tries to take back the peninsula that was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Skip next section Large grain ship leaves Ukrainian port for Egypt

September 22, 2023

Large grain ship leaves Ukrainian port for Egypt

A ship loaded with 17,600 tons of grain left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk on Friday en route to Egypt, said Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

It is the second such bulk carrier to depart the Ukrainian port this week. Friday’s ship, called the Aroyat, is much larger than the smaller cargo ship that departed earlier this week.

The ships are testing a humanitarian route that was set up after Russia reimposed its Black Sea blockade

Kubrakov added the vessel was “using the temporary corridor for civil shipping.”

Skip next section German foreign minister says Russia was ‘isolated’ at UN summit

September 22, 2023

German foreign minister says Russia was ‘isolated’ at UN summit

Annalena Baerbock speaks at the UNGA
Baerbock had been in New York since Sunday, staying a day longer than German Chancellor Olaf ScholzImage: Michael Kappeler/dpa/picture alliance

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Russia received “clear criticism” at the UN General Assembly for its war against Ukraine, and its “ongoing violation” of the UN Charter.

“Russia stands isolated,” Baerbock told the German dpa news agency on Thursday evening in New York before returning to Germany. 

Moscow faced “fierce headwinds when it tried to question important declarations on sustainable development and global health,” she added, especially from African, Latin American and Asian countries.

Skip next section Zelenskyy travels to Canada in unannounced visit

September 22, 2023

Zelenskyy travels to Canada in unannounced visit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has landed in Canada to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before going on to address the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

Also on the agenda is a visit to Toronto to meet business leaders seeking to strengthen private-sector investment in Ukraine’s future, the Canadian prime minister’s office said. Zelenskyy is accompanied by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska.

“Canada remains unwavering in our support to the people of Ukraine as they fight for their sovereignty and their democracy, as well as our shared values like respect for the rule of law, freedom, and self-determination,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“I look forward to welcoming President Zelenskyy to Canada,” Trudeau said in a statement ahead of the visit.

The visit is Zelenskyy’s first to Canada since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

He previously gave a virtual address to the Canadian Parliament in the weeks that followed the invasion. He implored members of the House of Commons and Senate, as well as other guests present, for urgent assistance.

Skip next section Russian attack in Donetsk region injures 13

September 22, 2023

Russian attack in Donetsk region injures 13

A Russian attack on the town of Kurakhove has injured at least 13 people, including one who was pulled from the rubble. 

Kurakhove’s administrative chief Roman Padun said two strikes hit the town sparking a blaze, giving no details about what weapons had been used. Images posted on social media showed several buildings on fire.

Kurakhove — 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the city of Donetsk — is near Maryinka, a town still held by Ukraine but under Russian attack for many months.

Residential buildings razed to the ground and shell craters are seen on an aerial view of Maryinka
Maryinka, near the latest attack, has been heavily subjected to Russian bombardmentsImage: Libkos/AP Photo/picture alliance

Skip next section Strikes, one deadly, reported in southern regions of Ukraine

September 22, 2023

Strikes, one deadly, reported in southern regions of Ukraine

The governor of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region says Russian forces have shelled the town of Zelenivka, killing one woman who was pulled from the rubble of her home. 

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s southern group of forces said a Russian missile had hit recreation facilities southwest of the Black Sea port of Odesa. No casualties were reported.

rc/jsi (dpa, AP, AFP, Reuters)


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *