He Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has claimed with a message on Twitter the stroke suffered this Wednesday in the Black Sea for russian ship of military reconnaissance that, according to the Kremlin, was approached by three maritime drones within the exclusive economic zone of Türkiye.
“When the Russian reconnaissance ship ‘Ivan Khurs’ meets a Ukrainian drone”, says the message from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which is accompanied by a video recorded by a camera installed in the supposed unmanned maritime vehicle that ends up crashing into the Russian ship in the images.
The Russian Ministry of Defense partially acknowledged the incident last Wednesday with this message posted on its Telegram account: “Today at 5:30 p.m., the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to attack the ship Ivan Khurs with three high-speed unmanned boats, but without results”.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the three boats used in the attack were destroyed with conventional weaponsbut the video published by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine clearly shows how the alleged Ukrainian maritime drone collides with the Russian ship just before the recording is abruptly interrupted.
The Russian government assures that the ship carried out surveillance work on the T gas pipelinesurkish Stream and Blue Streamwhich connect Turkey and Russia, at the time of the incident, and which would have occurred a few tens of nautical miles north of the Bosphorus.
The “Ivan Hurs” is the only reconnaissance ship of the Russian fleet of the Black Sea. It is 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.
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.
(With information from EFE)