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© UGCRising smoke from the Beach at Saky
Russia has claimed Ukraine struck Crimea using US-supplied missiles, killing at least five people including two children and injuring 124 more.

The Russian defence ministry said Kyiv on Sunday struck the city of Sevastopol in the Russia-occupied peninsula with Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) and deliberately targeted civilians.

Russia claims it shot down four missiles and one detonated in mid-air, before fragments fell near a beach on the north side of the city which was packed with holidaymakers.

Footage aired on Russian state television showed terrified people running from a beach, and others being carried away on sun loungers.

Comment: Footage:

The ministry claimed US specialists had set the missiles' flight coordinates using information from US spy satellites and said Washington was directly responsible.

In a statement, Russia's defence ministry said: "All flight missions for American ATACMS operational-tactical missiles are entered by American specialists based on their own US satellite intelligence data.

"Therefore, responsibility for the deliberate missile strike on civilians in Sevastopol lies primarily with Washington, which supplied these weapons to Ukraine, as well as the Kiev regime, from whose territory this strike was launched.

"Such actions will not go unanswered."

Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia intends to seek a response from international organisations to the Ukrainian shelling of Sevastopol, adding that these organisations are "engaged by the West".

Ukraine has not commented on claims it was behind the Crimea attack.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol, said Monday would be a day of mourning in the city and public events would be cancelled.

Meanwhile, one person was killed and three were injured in the Russian city of Grayvoron, which borders Ukraine, after three of Kyiv's drones attacked it, the region's governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

Air defences shot down 33 Ukrainian drones overnight in Russia's western Bryansk, Smolensk, Lipetsk and Tula regions, which border Ukraine, Russia's defence ministry said. No casualties or damage were reported.

At least person was killed and 10 more have been injured in Kharkiv, in the second day of Russia's aerial bombing of Ukraine's second largest city.

Mayor of the city Ihor Terekhov said the city was attacked by a guided bomb and around half of Kharkiv was without electricity because of the strike.

Sunday's attacks came after Russia struck Kharkiv on Saturday afternoon with four aerial bombs, hitting a five-storey residential building and killing three people.

Comment: Russia primarily targets military installations, as well as infrastructure, and avoids civilian casualties where possible, and so one would can reasonably question whether these 'people' were actually Kiev's troops.

The region's governor Oleh Syniehubov said 41 people were still being treated for injuries on Sunday.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and the peninsula has been under Moscow control ever since.

The US has been supplying the Ukrainian army with longer range ATACMS missiles with a 300-km range since earlier this year.