Ukraine threw a night missile attack against a Russian military shipyard in the port of Sevastopolin the Crimea occupied, causing damage to an amphibious assault ship and a Russian Black Sea Fleet submarine, according to Ukrainian military sources quoted by the Kiev publication R.B.K..
“It has been produced Damage to the Sergó Ordzhonikidze ship repair plant from the city of Sevastopol,” sources said.
The attack would have reached “a large landing ship and a submarine”added the representatives of the Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR) interviewed by the publication.
The commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mikola Oleshchuk, congratulated his pilots for the “excellent combat work” that caused an “explosion” at the shipyard last night. “Thanks to the pilots of the Ukrainian Air Force for the excellent combat work”, Oleshchuk wrote on his Telegram account, after stating that “the occupiers are still recovering from last night’s explosion in Sevastopol”.
Oleshchuk’s message is accompanied by a photograph of the fire caused by the explosion at the shipyard. The image bears the letterhead of the Ukrainian Air Force and today’s date.
According to Russian Telegram channels Baza and Shot, the Rostov-on-Don submarine and the Minsk military ship They are the ones who would have suffered damage in the attack, whose authorship has been claimed by the Ukrainian Air Force through its commander, Mikola Oleshchuk.
The Russian Defense Ministry said this morning that Ukraine used ten cruise missiles to attack the port of Sevastopol. According to Moscow, seven of those missiles would have been intercepted by the Russian Army, which would also have destroyed three Ukrainian marine drones directed against that port.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvojayev, said on Telegram that a fire had broken out at an attacked shipyard and that the competent services were working to extinguish it. “After the attack, according to the first information, a total of 24 people were injuredRazvojayev added.
The attacked Sevastopol shipyard is used by the Russian Black Sea Fleet to repair and build military vessels. Sevastopol is also home to the main base of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea.
Ukraine has intensified in recent months attacks by drones, missiles and landing craft against Sevastopol and other areas of Crimea, Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.
Last month, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky promised do everything possible to take back Crimea and has urged international allies to support the effort.
On Monday, Ukraine claimed it had recaptured strategic Black Sea oil and gas drilling rigs that Russia had seized in 2015. Russia had used the rigs to emplace weapons and launch helicopters, and Ukraine said they would help it retake Crimea.
Wednesday’s attack on the Sevastopol shipyard appeared to be one of the largest in recent weeks. The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine launched 10 cruise missiles at the shipyard and three marine drones at Russian ships in the Black Sea.
(With information from EFE, AFP and AP)