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An explosive device deployed by a drone has exploded at the headquarters of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, injuring six people, Russian officials announced Sunday.
The attack took place during Russian Navy Day celebrations in Sevastopol, a port city in Crimea that Russia annexed in 2014. The drone appeared to be homemade and the explosive device was relatively low. Sevastopol Mayor Mikhail Razvojev did not mention the severity of the wounds for the six reported injuries.
It was not clear who was responsible for the attack.
The attack came on the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new Russian naval doctrine in St Petersburg.
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Putin has stated that Russia intends to establish itself as a global naval power and has described the United States as its biggest global adversary.
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The Russian leader also warned that Russian warships would soon be equipped with hypersonic weapons.
“The main thing here is the capability of the Russian Navy,” Putin said during a speech on Sunday. “He is able to respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to infringe on our sovereignty and freedom.”
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine ends its fifth full month on Sunday as fighting continues across eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered the forced evacuation of the Donetsk region as the region continues to suffer heavy fighting.
The more people leave [the] Zelensky said Sunday that now the Donetsk region will have fewer people that the Russian army will have time to kill.”
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“Many are refusing to leave, but it still has to be done,” he said. “If you have the opportunity, please speak to those who are still in the combat zones in Donbass. Please convince them that you should leave.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.