Russia on Wednesday accused Ukraine of attacking the port city of Sevastopol on the annexed Crimean peninsula with missiles and carrying out a bombing that injured at least 24 people.
The Ukrainian military dealt another blow to the Russian fleet in Crimea with a missile attack on Sevastopol early Wednesday.
Kiev said it damaged an amphibious assault ship and a submarine on the day commemorating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia.
“We have lost two amphibious ships and one submarine,” head of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Service (GUR) Andriy Yusov told domestic media.
This is Ukrainian authorities, adding that the operation is part of Kiev’s “work” to “liberate Crimea on the Ukrainian peninsula.”
Anonymous GUR sources had previously identified the Minsk warship and the Rostov-on-Don submarine as Russian vessels that Ukraine would have disabled early Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that Ukraine has arrived at a shipyard in this Crimean port, where ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet are being built and repaired.
The Russian government said seven of the 10 missiles fired by Kiev’s military were intercepted by Russian defenses and were unable to prevent damage to two ships undergoing repairs in the port.
Huge blow to Russian fleet in Sevastopol, Ukraine
The affected vessels will be “fully repaired” and returned to service, Russian authorities said. Wall Street Journal.
Meanwhile, the governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Oleh Kipel, condemned a Russian drone attack that injured at least six people and damaged infrastructure in Izmail, one of the region’s river ports.
“Several groups of drones were launched against the Izmail district of Izmail district,” the governor declared in a telegram. “Unfortunately there was an impact and damage was recorded to the port and other social infrastructure.”
Izmail, along with Leni, is one of the largest river ports in Ukraine, located on the Danube River on the border with Romania.
The impact of the attack was not immediately known and the Russian government did not comment.