Russia says thwarted Ukraine attacks on Black Sea naval base, Crimea . Russia says it thwarted

Russia says thwarted Ukraine attacks on Black Sea naval base, Crimea . Russia says it thwarted

Russian ships destroyed naval drones it said . Number of attacks in the sea has increased from both sides since Moscow exited a deal last month that had allowed Ukrainian grain exports via the shipping hub during the conflict between the two countries .

The Black Sea port of Novorossiysk hosts the terminus of a pipeline that carries most Kazakh oil exports through Russia . A temporary ban has been established on the movement of ships in the port said the company . Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigus visit to a combat zone in Ukraine to inspect a command post and meet senior military officers .

Crimea annexed by Russia in has been targeted by Kyiv throughout Moscows Ukraine offensive but has come under more intense increased attacks in recent weeks . Ukraine began its longawaited counteroffensive in June but has made modest advances in the face of stiff resistance from Russian forces on the frontline.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that the counteroffensive was difficult reporting very violent fighting in the key areas on the eastern and southern fronts of the Eastern and Southern fronts . Ukraine has made some modest advances but is now contending with well-entrenched Russian defensive positions built over several months of the past month .

Ukraine says it plans to take back Crimea which is a regular target for its forces. It has said it has repeatedly said it intends to taking back Crimea . It has also said it wants to take away Crimea. It is not clear what it plans for the region. It was not clear whether it would be.

to remove its military. It will not be a military. The Russian Defence Ministry said it would not comment on what it has said.


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