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Ukraine: Four Russian patrol boats sank and a ferry stopped operating in Crimea

Ukraine: Four Russian patrol boats sank and a ferry stopped operating in Crimea

The attack occurred in Vozka Bay, which is located near the town of Chornomorsk on the western coast of Crimea, on the night of May 30, according to Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR).

The first reports indicated that two boats were hit, but the number was later revised to four.

In addition, a ferry anchored near the Karim Bridge was said to have been hit, according to the General Staff.

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– Two boats suffered severe damage. “Thanks to the successful work of Ukrainian missile launchers, the military logistics of the occupiers on the peninsula have been significantly undermined,” a statement from the Ukrainian General Staff said. Independent Kyiv.

Used ATACMS

It is said that the ferry that was destroyed was left in a position that prevented parts of it from connecting to the Kerch Bridge. Russia uses the ill-fated ferry crossing to supply and defend Russian forces on the occupied peninsula with Russian Pantsir, Tor and Triumph air defense systems.

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According to military sources, Ukraine will use Ukrainian Magura V5 naval drones and long-range American ATACMS missiles in the attack. These weapons form part of a new weapons package adopted by the United States in April, which gave Ukraine an increased ability to strike Russian targets from a distance.

video: Will show the attack on the Crimea

“Group 13”

All four destroyed boats were KS-701 Tunets (Tuna). They are primarily used to transport soldiers and monitor the coast along the Crimean Peninsula.

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The occupiers used these ships for logistics and patrolling in the waters near the occupied peninsula, says HUR.

It was the Ukrainian special forces “Group 13” that carried out the attack.

Russia confirms the attack, but claims it was thwarted

According to Russia's TASS agency, Russian authorities confirmed the attack, but did not confirm whether Ukrainian drones and ATACMS missiles hit their targets.

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The Russian state news agency reported that eight ATACMS missiles were shot down over the Sea of ​​Azov, in addition to eight drones over the Black Sea. Two drone boats heading towards Crimea were also said to have been destroyed.

– During the night, a series of attempted terrorist attacks by the Kiev regime against facilities on Russian territory were thwarted, including the use of tactical ATACMS missiles, drones and unmanned boats, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russian fighter planes and helicopters to launch counterattacks

Attack on Russian ferry facilities in Crimea.

During the attack, Russian Su-27/30/35 aircraft, MiG-29 aircraft, Be-12 and An-26 aircraft, and Ka-27/29 and Mi-8 helicopters were reportedly captured. He writes: It was placed on the wings to repel and repel the attack Ukrainian Pravda. In addition, Russian soldiers are said to have returned fire from small arms and 30 mm cannons.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has suffered significant losses since the start of the full-scale invasion. More than two dozen ships were destroyed, including several large ships, landing craft, missile boats and a submarine. The losses caused a sensation and helped humiliate the powerful Russian navy.

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According to Ukrainian defense personnel, a third of Russian warships in the Black Sea must have either sunk or been seriously damaged.