Russias Black Sea Fleet struck in astonishing marine drone strike

Ukraine marine drone strikes Russia' Black Sea fleet

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Russian officials said nine drones were engaged in attempts to strike Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet. Russia said the attack was repelled but one warship was damaged, accusing Ukraine of carrying out the strike. Kyiv has not claimed the attack but the area has been subjected to an increase in military activity in recent weeks.

Footage has now emerged showing one of the drones engaged in the Black Sea Blitz approaching the port of Sevastopol.

The video shows the drone proceeding at speed towards the shore, with shots being fired from helicopters overhead in an attempt to stop the weapon.

A large calibre shot can be seen being shot to the right of the drone as it continues on its path towards the Russian fleet.

Later in the video, shared by Ukrainian journalist Andriy Tsaplienko, the drone can be seen passing by a small boat with at least three soldiers on board, one of whom appears to dive into the sea as the marine drone passed by.

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BBC Ukraine correspondent James Waterhouse commented on the video on Twitter: “Unbelievable footage from one of the marine drones used in the attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.”

Social media users have also been reacting to the astonishing footage, noting a clear struggle among Russian troops to target the drone despite the straight direction it maintained throughout the video.

@honkjhonk commented: “the Russians can’t hit anything… the drone was going mostly in a straight line, and Russians couldn’t hit the thing, want to get rid of Russian ammo… just send out 100 drones in the Black Sea in a straight line going different directions but on long courses.”

@Slip66G37 said: “It’s actually pretty accurate fire. You don’t see the rounds that actually hit just the ones in front of the camera.

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“Hitting a moving target in the water from another moving target is NOT easy, even with optical sensors. You notice it’s going slower and slower.”

The attack comes less than a month after Ukraine targeted and partially destroyed the Kerch Bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia.

The area has been at the centre of fierce dispute since Moscow illegally annexed the region in 2014, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky committing to reclaim Crimea as Ukraine launched a series of successful counter-offensives.

In response to the attack on the Black Sea Fleet, Russia announced it would suspend its participation in an UN-brokered deal to export agricultural produce from Ukrainian ports after attacks on ships in Crimea.

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In a statement released on Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defence said: “Taking into account… the terrorist act by the Kyiv regime with the participation of British experts against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels involved in ensuring the security of the ‘grain corridor’, the Russian side suspends participation in the implementation of agreements on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports.”

The ministry said earlier that the drone attacks on Saturday were largely repelled, with minor damage to a Russian minesweeper.

The Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, accused Russia of “blackmail” and “invented terror attacks” on its own territory on Saturday following explosions in the Crimea peninsula on Saturday.

His comments were an apparent response to Russian accusations that Ukraine was behind the blasts.

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