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Drone Attacks on the Russian Black Sea Fleet

Last Updated on November 4, 2022

Sevastopol is the the largest city in Crimea, Russia. It is a major port in the Black Sea; and home of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Russia Blames UK and Ukraine

In the News – Fragments of drones used by the Kiev regime to stage a terror attack in Sevastopol have been spotted and raised to the surface, the Russian defense ministry said on Sun., Oct 3, as reported by TASS.

“Following the 4:20 a.m. October 29 terror attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet and civil ships used to ensure security of the ‘grain corridor,’ fragments of naval unmanned aerial vehicle used by the Kiev regime under the supervision of representatives of the United Kingdom have been spotted and raised to the surface,” said the Russian defense ministry.

Moscow blames UK, Ukraine for drone attack – The attack in Sevastopol, the largest city in the Crimean peninsula, comes as Ukraine has been engaged in a fierce battle with Russian forces in the Kherson region, which serves as the gateway to Crimea. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

According to the Russian Defence Department – Experts from the UK Royal Navy, who were preparing military personnel of Ukraine’s 73rd Maritime Special Operations Center for the recent terrorist attack in Sevastopol, were also involved in the Nord Stream gas pipelines sabotage.

“According to the information available to us, representatives of the UK Navy participated in planning, supporting, and executing the terrorist act in the Baltic Sea on September 26 in order to disrupt the Nord Stream and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” the statement said.

British experts also prepared Ukrainian military for the terrorist attack in Sevastopol. “The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of military personnel of the Ukrainian 73rd Maritime Special Operations Center were carried out under the guidance of British specialists located in the city of Ochakov, Nikolaev region,” the department said.

Nine drones and seven autonomous marine unmanned vehicles were involved in the attack. “All air targets were destroyed,” the Russian defence ministry said.

Exploiting the “safe zone” of a grain corridor – “It has been established that the marine unmanned aerial vehicles were launched from the coast near Odessa. The marine drone flew in the security zone of the grain corridor and later changed the route toward a Russian naval base in Sevastopol,” it said, adding that the coordinates of the movement of one of the marine drones that attacked Sevastopol “indicate a launch point in the waters within the security zone of the grain corridor in the Black Sea.”

“It should be emphasised that the ships of the Black Sea Fleet that were attacked by terrorists are involved in ensuring the security of the ‘grain corridor’ as part of an international initiative to export agricultural products from Ukrainian ports,” Moscow’s defence ministry said in a statment.

GRAIN DEAL STOPS
The Russian Defense Ministry stated that after the attack on its Black Fleet, Moscow is suspending participation the UN-brokered grain deal, which foresaw the transportation of food and fertilizers from Ukrainian ports via the Black Sea.

“In view of the terrorist attack, carried out by the Kiev regime on October 29 – with the participation of British specialists – against ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels involved in ensuring the security of the grain corridor, the Russian side suspends participation in the implementation of agreements on the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports,” an official statement read.

“Specialists of the Russian defense ministry jointly with representatives from other state agencies examined Canadian-made navigation modules of the marine drones. Based on the results of data retrieved from the navigation receiver’s memory, it was established that the marine unmanned aerial vehicles had been launched from the coast near Odessa,” it said.

Russia works on measures regarding UK’s involvement in Black Sea terrorist attack — “The Russian Foreign Ministry alongside the Russian specialized agencies is considering practical steps regarding British specialists’ involvement in the preparations for the terrorist attack in the Black Sea and the training of the Ukrainian military, as stated by the Russian Defense Ministry,” said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. And according to the statement, Russian defense officials reported that they have information about the complicity of the British intelligence agencies also in the series of explosions on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

GeoConfirmed believes that all the available footage indicates that between six and eight USVs were deployed in the attack, hitting at least three Russian vessels.

Unmanned surface vehicles hit Admiral Makarov, flagship of Russian Black Sea Fleet

Russian Lt. General Igor Konashenkov officialy blamed British Navy personnel for blowing up Nord Stream gas pipelines – it should be emphasized that the ships of the Black Fleet Fleet that was subjected to the terrorist attack are involved in ensuing the security of the grain corridor as part of an international initaitive to export agricultural products from Ukrainian ports.

One of the drones that attacked Sevastopol might have been launched from a civilian vessel shipping agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, the Russian defense ministry said. “According to specialists, it [the launching point within the ‘grain corridor’ in the Black Sea] may mean that this vehicle was launched from a civilian ship chartered by Kiev and its western sponsors to export agricultural products from Ukrainian seaports,” it said.

Russia blames Ukraine, UK for the drone attack on Sevastopol, home to Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet HQ, as battle rages in southeastern Ukraine.

“Today we witnessed the most massive attack by UAVs and remote-controlled surface drones in the waters of the Sevastopol Bay in the history [of the special military operation],” said governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev.

Sources:
TASS – Fragments of drones used by Kiev in terror attack in Sevastopol raised to surface
TASS – Russia works on measures regarding UK’s involvement in Black Sea terrorist attack – MFA
Veteran’s Today – Russian MoD Blames UK Royal Navy for Nord Stream Sabotage and Drone Attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. Grain Deal Stopped
Al Jazeera – Russian navy ‘repels’ drone attack on Crimea’s Sevastopol

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