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Ukrainian drone attack on Russian ship in Black Sea?

26.05.2023 07:00
Unverified footage has emerged that appears to show a drone speedboat attack on the Russian naval vessel Ivan Khurs in the Black Sea earlier this week, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has reported.
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The Russian reconnaissance ship was attacked with “sea drones” in the early hours of Wednesday, 74 kilometres north of the Bosphorus Strait and 400 kilometres from Ukraine’s territorial waters, according to Ukrainian media.

As a result of the attack, some of the crew of the Ivan Khurs were injured and the vessel needs repairs, Ukraine’s state broadcaster Suspilne reported, citing a source it did not name.

Russia's defence ministry said on Wednesday that Ukraine had attempted to attack a Russian vessel using three drones, but the ship did not sustain any damage, Polish state news agency PAP reported. 

The video circulating on social media appeared to show at least one of the drones getting extremely close to the ship, though it remains unclear whether or not any damage was done, The Guardian reported.

Ukraine’s defence ministry published the footage on Twitter on Thursday and wrote: “When the russian reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs met a Ukrainian drone. Indeed, a perfect match!” 

Friday is day 457 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAPThe Guardian