Ukraine launches recent strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters


Ukraine has launched a recent strike on Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquarters at Sevastopol, the place officers within the annexed Crimean peninsula mentioned that no less than one drone had been shot down by air defences.

The reported assault on Saturday morning – a day after explosions erupted close to army bases in Russian-held areas of Ukraine and Russia itself – got here amid cautious optimism elsewhere as two extra grain ships left a Ukrainian port.

The shipments, from Chornomorsk port, introduced the full quantity to go away Ukraine’s Black Sea beneath a UN-brokered deal to 27.

Whereas there was no obvious main harm following the reported unmanned aerial automobile (UAV) assault on Sevastopol, which has not been independently verified by the Guardian, observers mentioned it demonstrated Ukraine’s capacity to strike deep behind Russian strains at status targets.

Video shared on Twitter appeared to point out Russian air defences making an attempt to have interaction the UAV and darkish plumes of smoke rising from town.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, Sevastopol’s governor, wrote on Telegram {that a} drone hit the roof of the headquarters on Saturday and mentioned there have been no casualties, studies the Russian information company Tass.

“I’m on the [Black Sea] fleet’s headquarters now. A drone hit the roof right here 25 minutes in the past. Sadly, it was not downed … There aren’t any casualties,” he wrote.

In the meantime, Ukraine’s defence ministry on Saturday mentioned its forces had killed a complete of 44,900 Russian personnel – an increase of 200 on the day earlier than.

On Friday, the US mentioned for the primary time that it might present Ukraine with ScanEagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant automobiles, anti-armour rounds and howitzer weapons in a brand new £655m support bundle to assist its efforts to take again Ukrainian territory.

“These capabilities are rigorously calibrated to take advantage of distinction on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s place on the negotiating desk,” Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, mentioned.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, mentioned in response to the announcement that it was “one other essential step to defeat the aggressor”.

Wednesday will mark six months of struggle within the area since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Whereas Russia has made good points within the east, it has been placed on the defensive in different areas as Ukraine scales up its assaults within the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was seized by Russia in 2014.

Final week, a complete of 9 Russian warplanes have been reported destroyed at a Crimean airbase.

Russian leaders have warned that such strikes point out an escalation within the battle, powered by the US and Nato allies.

In its newest intelligence replace on the battle, Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) mentioned final week that it noticed “solely minimal adjustments in territorial management alongside the frontline”.

In Donbas, it mentioned Russian forces have approached the outskirts of Bakhmut, however haven’t damaged into town. Within the south-west, it reported that neither Ukrainian or Russian forces had made advances on the frontline in occupied Kherson, however added: “More and more frequent explosions behind Russian strains are in all probability stressing Russian logistics and air basing within the south.”

Whereas it predicted that important adjustments have been unlikely within the subsequent week, the MOD mentioned: “Over the approaching months the initiative will go to whichever aspect manages to generate a reputable, dedicated drive for offensive operations.”

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