Crimea ATACMS Strike Hits Space Radar Station: Report

crimea atacms strike hits space radar station: report

An ATACMS missile being fired in South Korea in 2017. At least six ATACMS missiles hit a communications center used by the Russian army in Crimea on Thursday, according to reports.

A Ukrainian attack on annexed Crimea using U.S.-supplied missiles is reported to have struck a space radar station used by occupying Russian forces.

The local Crimean Wind Telegram channel reported on Friday that Kyiv's forces attacked military installations in Crimea on Thursday evening.

At least six ATACMS ballistic missiles hit a communications center used by the Russian army that houses "a radio antenna of a space observation station," it said.

Newsweek could not independently verify the report and has contacted Russia's Defense Ministry for comment by email.

The Context

Attacks on Crimea have ramped up throughout Russian President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began in February 2022, as Kyiv attempts to reclaim the Black Sea Peninsula. The region was annexed by Moscow in 2014.

What We Know

The news outlet Krym Realii, which is part of U.S.-funded network Radio Free Liberty, said at least six explosions were reported in Crimea's Simferopol area and some eight explosions in the area of ​​the Belbek airfield—a key Russian military air base—and in the Novofedorivka settlement.

Russia's defense ministry said it had halted Ukraine's attempts to attack the region using ATACMS.

Air defense systems destroyed "three ATACMS operational-tactical missiles...over the territory of the Republic of Crimea," it said in a statement.

The defense ministry also said its forces destroyed naval drones belonging to Ukraine that were headed toward the Black Sea peninsula.

"In the Black Sea, unmanned boats of the Ukrainian Navy were discovered heading toward the Crimean Peninsula. Three unmanned boats were destroyed," it said.

Ukraine hasn't commented on the reported attacks.

Views

Footage of the reported attack was shared on social media on Thursday night.

"ATACMS in flight, heading to the illegal occupiers on #Crimea a little earlier," Tim White, journalist and documentary maker, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"#Russia says missile strikes in #Alushta hit "an empty commercial property" which is one of the most ridiculous statements of the war.. although maybe they meant it's now empty of life?" he wrote.

"More Ukrainian ATACMS strikes on Russian targets in Crimea. It's becoming a nightly occurrence now," said Jimmy Ruston, a Kyiv-based foreign policy and security analyst.

What's Next?

Russian military facilities have been attacked consistently throughout the war by Kyiv's forces, which maintain that they are legitimate targets, and such attacks are likely to continue.

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