US Ambassador to Russia Summoned Over Crimea Strike

At approximately 0500 EST on June 23rd, 2024, Ukraine carried out a missile strike from Mykolaiv Oblast on Sevastopol, Crimea. Initially, Sevastopol Governor Razvozhaev claimed there were 14 casualties, but then increased the number to 22 by 0630 EST that morning.

By 0730 EST that morning, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Ukraine had used ATACMS missiles with cluster munitions to target civilian infrastructure and that air defenses had intercepted four ATACMS missiles.

By 1200 EST on June 23rd, Russian casualty claims rose to over 100 injured and three killed, prompting Ukrainian authorities to refute claims and announce they only target military infrastructure.

By 2000 EST on the 23rd, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Antonov claimed that “Americans will not sit over the ocean or escape responsibility” from Ukrainian terrorism. He also said that there would be a “harsh response” on the front and elsewhere.

By 0530 EST this morning, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Tracy and informed her that the U.S. “bears equal responsibility”. Russian Presidential Spokesperson Peskov also said that U.S. involvement in these strikes “cannot but have consequences.”

June 24th, 2024 has been declared an official day of mourning throughout Crimea by Russian authorities.