Russia claims to have fended off drone strikes in two regions

Moscow.- The Russian authorities assured this Friday (08.04.2023) that their armed forces are able to repel an attack with two sea drones against the second most important naval base in the Black Sea, in the south-west of the country, and with conventional drones against the peninsula. Ukraine was illegally annexed by Moscow from Crimea.

“Tonight, Ukrainian forces attempted to attack the Novorossiysk naval base in southern Russia using two unmanned vessels,” the Russian Defense Ministry posted on Telegram. “The unmanned boats were visually spotted and destroyed by regular gunfire from the Russian ships,” it said.

However, newspaper reports indicate that the landing ship “Olenegorsky Gornyak” was damaged in the attack and was therefore basically unable to fight. The information was confirmed by Ukrainian intelligence sources and the release of videos of the attack. It would be the worst loss for the Russian Navy since the Moskva sank. Another currently unverified video is circulating on social media that would show the ship listing.

Drones over Crimea

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has come under multiple attacks since the start of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, particularly in recent weeks. The ministry said Tuesday it had foiled a drone attack on patrol ships in the Black Sea. A week earlier, he had fended off a similar action.

The Defense Ministry also said its forces shot down 13 drones over Crimea that day, with no damage reported. “Tonight an attempt by the Kiev regime (sic) to carry out a terrorist attack using fixed-wing drones against facilities on the territory of the Crimean peninsula was foiled,” it said in a statement. According to the report, anti-aircraft guns shot down 10 drones and another three were disabled by electronic warfare means and crashed without reaching their target.

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This peninsula, illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, has also been a target of Kiev since the beginning of the Moscow offensive, although attacks have increased in recent weeks.

With information from DW.

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