Ukraine attacked on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday Russian naval targets and port infrastructure in the city of Sebastopol, on the Crimean peninsula. Moscow confirmed the attack, the largest so far against the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Again the strongest blow was protected at night. Ukraine razed part of the shipyard in the Black Sea with 10 cruise missiles and three unmanned fast boats in the early hours of Wednesday, according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s own admission, which declared that two military ships damaged in the Ukrainian night missile attack will be repaired and would continue in service.
Russia continues bombing Ukraine from afar with long-range missiles and drones, and the shipyard on the peninsula builds and repairs ships and submarines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol is not an easy target. It is located about 300 kilometers from the Ukrainian port of Odessa, on the Black Sea. It is not clear what type of missile kyiv used.
The Ukrainian army took the unusual step of publicly take responsibility for the attack, something it does not usually do in operations against Russia or the Crimean peninsula. “We confirm that a large landing ship and a submarine were hit. We do not comment on the means used,” the Ukrainian military intelligence official told Reuters. Andriy Yusov, without giving more details about the magnitude of the damage.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Sevastopol placed by Moscow after the annexation, said on Telegram that at least 24 people had been injured. According to Moscow, its defenses shot down seven of the incoming missiles and the attack ships were destroyed by a Russian patrol.