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KYIV – Ukraine confirmed on Thursday that it had shot down a British-armed Russian submarine during a missile attack on the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Russian-occupied Crimea.
The Russian cruise missile carrier – Rostov-on-Don – was significantly damaged in the massive Ukrainian strike, as was the Kremlin warship Minsk.
A senior Ukrainian military official confirmed to POLITICO that the Ukrainian pilots used the British Storm Shadow cruise missile in the attack.
Ukraine launched 10 cruise missiles at the Sevastopol shipyard on Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, but only three hit their targets, damaging two military vessels. Unusually, the army of Ukraine on Thursday morning demanded an attack And he said that Russia will not be able to repair the ships in the future.
“The large Russian landing ship Minsk and the submarine Rostov-on-Don, which were hit during a night attack in Sevastopol, cannot be recovered,” said Andriy Yusov, a representative of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. On Ukrainian TV. Russian Telegram channels Confident Names and types of vessels.
Natalia Humeniuk of Ukraine’s Military Operations Command South added that the military ships may have been damaged beyond repair by the Russians, as the only place for repairs was the shipyard.
Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk publicly implied that the Ukrainian Air Force was behind the Sevastopol attack and that British Storm Shadow missiles were used in the attack.
“While the occupiers are still recovering from the storm in Sevastopol, I want to thank the pilots of the Air Force for their excellent combat work! To be continued … ” Oleshchuk said in a pointed statement.
The move came days after Ukraine seized four oil and gas drilling rigs in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea and disabled Russian radar monitoring all movement in the area.
“Ukrainian forces took a rare opportunity to target a submarine while it was on the surface of the sea. “This is the first time that air-to-air missiles have been successfully used against a submarine,” Roman Sviden, a Ukrainian military expert and former military officer, told Politico. He compared the significance of the operation to last year’s sinking of the Moskva in the Black Sea: “I would say it was an even bigger victory.”
Invading Russian forces often lit hurt As Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war continues, cruise missiles from submarines in the Black Sea target towns and cities in western Ukraine.