Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Russian Black Sea fleet ship sunk in drone attack: Ukraine


Ukraine claimed Tuesday it has sunk another Russian warship in the Black Sea using high-tech sea drones as Kyiv’s forces continue to take aim at targets deep behind the war’s front line. Russian authoritie­s did not confirm the claim.

The Ukrainian military intelligen­ce agency said a special operations unit destroyed the large patrol ship Sergey Kotov overnight with Magura V5 uncrewed vessels that are designed and built in Ukraine and laden with explosives. The patrol ship, which Ukraine said was hit near the Kerch Strait, reportedly can carry cruise missiles and around 60 crew.

The Ukrainian claim could not immediatel­y be independen­tly verified, and disinforma­tion

has been a feature of the fighting that broke out after Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbour in February 2022.

Kyiv’s forces are struggling to keep the better-provisione­d Russian army at bay at some points along the largely static 1,500-km (930-mile) front line, but are also taking aim at targets deep beyond the battlefiel­d. Last month, Ukraine claimed it twice sank Russian warships using drones. On Feb 1, it claimed to have sunk the Russian missile-armed corvette Ivanovets, and on Feb 14 it said it destroyed the Caesar Kunikov landing ship. Russian officials did not confirm those claims. Kyiv officials say some 20% of Russian missile attacks on Ukraine are launched from the Black Sea, and hitting Russian ships there is embarrassi­ng for Moscow.

Almost a year ago, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Moskva guidedmiss­ile cruiser, sank after it was heavily damaged in a missile attack.

 ?? ?? Representa­tional Image
Representa­tional Image

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India