the video of a nautical drone of the Ukrainian Navy hitting a Russian ship seems to deny the version spread by the Moscow authorities, who had assured yesterday that the ship had been unsuccessfully attacked in the Black Sea.
Yesterday he Ministry of Defense of Russia said his warship “Ivan Hurs” was unsuccessfully attacked early in the morning by three uncrewed Ukrainian speedboats in the vicinity of the Bosphorus Strait, off the Turkish coast.
In a statement posted on Telegram, the Russian ministry claimed that the warship was protecting the gas pipelines. TurkStream and BlueStream -which transport gas from Russia to Turkey, partly via the Black Sea.
According to the military note, the attack took place “in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Turkey.”
“All enemy boats were destroyed by the Russian ship’s weapons systems 140 kilometers northeast of the Bosphorus Strait,” he added.
Russia specified that the spy ship “The fulfillment of the established missions continues.”
The Russian authorities even released a video showing one of the unmanned boats Ukrainians being destroyed.
However, a new footage appeared today showing a nautical drone supposedly reaching the target. The video was published by various Ukrainian media outlets, but its authenticity could not be independently verified at this time.
At the moment it is also unknown if the “Ivan Hurs” Suffered damage. Some pro-Kremlin propaganda channels published images of the ship allegedly sailing through the Bosphorus. However, these were old images.
The “Ivan Hurs” is the only reconnaissance ship of the Russian fleet of the Black Sea. Of confirmed, the attack would be a new blow for the Russian Navy, after the sinking of the Mosckva cruiser, its flagship, in April 2022.
The episode could increase tensions in the Black Seawhere Russia only agreed last week, one day before a self-imposed deadline, to extend an agreement that allows Ukraine export cereals safely from their seaports.
kyiv did not comment on the alleged attack.
In its statement yesterday, the Russian ministry cited the attack as a justification for Russia to expand the defense measures of its pipelinesalthough it did not mention any implications for grain vessel safety.
In September, some explosions caused the rupture of gas pipelines North Stream 1 and 2which transport gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Despite allowing the grain initiative to continue for another two months, Russia continues to complain that the West is not keeping its end of the deal to remove barriers to the export of Russian grain and fertilizer.
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