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24 June 2024, 14:46

Russian MFA summons U.S. ambassador over Sevastopol attack

MINSK, 24 June (BelTA) – U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Lynne Tracy was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry over Sunday’s deadly attack on Sevastopol, TASS reported.

"During a conversation with head of the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia Tracy on 24 June, she was issued a protest,” the Russian ministry said.

The statement also noted that “the Kiev regime, being sponsored and armed by Washington conducted a deliberate missile attack on civilians in Sevastopol, causing numerous casualties, including among children," the ministry said.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the recent attack on Sevastopol with long-range ATACMS missiles, said that Moscow is well aware of who is behind the attack. He recalled that just last week, the Russian president talked about who targets these technologically complex missiles and who ensures their launches. 

Ukraine attacked civilian infrastructure in Sevastopol using ATACMS tactical missiles equipped with cluster munitions at 12.15 on Sunday, 23 June. While four missiles were downed, a fifth exploded over the city. Four people, including two children, were killed in the attack, with over 150 others being injured.79 people have been hospitalized, including 27 children. The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under the article "Terrorist act". 24 June was declared the Day of Mourning in Sevastopol and the Republic of Crimea. 

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the American specialists input all flight tasks in the US-made ATACMS operational-tactical missiles on the basis of data of the US satellite reconnaissance. Thus, the responsibility for the missile attack on civilians in Sevastopol lies primarily with Washington, which supplied these weapons, and with the Kiev authorities, from whose territory this strike was carried out.

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