In the early hours of a seemingly ordinary Friday, an extraordinary event unfolded. A landing ship from the formidable Russian Black Sea Fleet was reportedly struck by a Ukrainian Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) drone.
This audacious attack has sent shockwaves through the international community, marking a significant escalation in the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The vessel under attack, the Ropucha-class landing ship Olenegorski Gornjak, was photographed listing heavily post-strike. The images are a stark reminder of the destructive power of modern warfare technology and the vulnerability of even the most robust naval fleets.
Chronology of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Destruction
Almost two dozen Russian ships and boats followed the well-known direction.
🔥 On 21 March 2022, the large landing ship Caesar Kunikov was hit by tactical operational missile complex "Tochka". The captain of the ship went… pic.twitter.com/qkZSjkmBxF
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) August 4, 2023
Adding to the drama, a YouTube video surfaced, allegedly showing the onboard camera of the USV as it navigated towards the Russian ship. The footage culminates in a chilling moment as the drone detonates, presumably causing the damage seen in the photographs of the listing ship.
Clash Report, a popular Twitter account, provided additional perspectives on the incident. They shared numerous angles of the beleaguered ship and the alleged initial explosion. The visuals paint a vivid picture of the chaos and destruction that ensued in the wake of the drone strike.
The target of this audacious attack was the Russian Navy Base in Novorossiysk. The Ukrainian kamikaze USV strike has undoubtedly sent a strong message to Russia, demonstrating Ukraine’s willingness to defend its interests aggressively.
But where did the last attack occurred ?
This morning Russian MOD made the announcement that Ukraine attempted to attack the Novorossiysk naval base. This base is inside Russia and also used by the Black sea fleet.https://t.co/NR8JWlo8JK
— GeoConfirmed (@GeoConfirmed) August 4, 2023
Following the attack, one of the Russian ships in Novorossiysk was seen capsized on its side, being towed ashore. The sight of such a powerful vessel in a state of distress is a potent symbol of the impact of this unprecedented attack.
As we continue to monitor this developing story, questions abound. What will be Russia’s response? How will this bold move by Ukraine affect the already strained relations between the two nations? What does this mean for the future of naval warfare? Only time will tell.