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Did Ukraine Sink Another Russian Ship?

Did Ukraine Sink Another Russian Ship?

Modern Military | Future Arms & Current News

In a striking development amid the ongoing conflict, Ukrainian forces have reportedly utilized cutting-edge naval drones to target and sink a Russian landing ship in the Black Sea.

Alupka is located in Crimea

Occuring near Alupka, a city on the Crimean Peninsula’s southern coast, according to Ukraine’s General Staff. Moreover, the targeted vessel, the Caesar Kunikov, is said to have been 4 kilometers off the coast when it was hit. Reports indicate that the ship, capable of carrying 87 crew members, was also transporting ammunition at the time of the attack.

This event, occurring just days before the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, marks a notable success for Ukrainian forces and a potential setback for Russia’s naval capabilities in the region. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has refrained from commenting on the incident, directing inquiries to the Russian military instead.

Bulgarian frigate Verni (on the right) and Russian large landing ship Tsezar’ Kunikov in Varna.

Did Ukraine Sink Another Russian Ship?

Independent confirmations of the attack have come from several Russian military bloggers, although they have not verified the sinking of the ship. This incident represents the latest in a series of Ukrainian offensives in the Black Sea, including a previous claim last week where naval drones were allegedly used against the Russian missile-armed corvette Ivanovets.

The Ukrainian Military Intelligence (GUR) attributes the successful operation to its special operations unit “Group 13”, utilizing the Magura V5 sea drones. The attack reportedly caused significant damage to the vessel’s left side, as shown in a video released by Ukrainian officials, although details from the footage remain unclear. Furthermore, a Magura V5 drone, resembles a sleek black speedboat. The Magura has a top speed of 42 knots (80 kph, 50 mph) in addition, a payload of 700 pounds.

Andrii Yusov of GUR, while not disclosing the number of drones used, emphasized the meticulous planning involved in such operations, including tracking routes and gathering data. Private intelligence firm Ambrey suggests that at least three drones conducted the attack, leading to the ship’s heavy listing and probable sinking.

Soviet postal cover featuring Tsezar Lyvovich Kunikov.

Did Ukraine Sink Another Russian Ship?

The Caesar Kunikov, part of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, typically used for amphibious operations, capable of transporting tanks, troops, and cargo, and can disembark directly onto land. Ukrainian attacks on Russian naval assets have been instrumental in pushing Moscow’s forces away from the coastline, allowing Ukraine to bolster exports through its southern ports.

Notably, the Magura V5 drone, a sleek black speedboat-like unmanned vessel, unveiled last year and known for its high speed and significant payload capacity.

While the Russian military has not officially commented on the sinking, they acknowledged downing six Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea. The incident coincidentally occurred on the same date as the death anniversary of Caesar Kunikov, a World War II Soviet hero and the namesake of the Russian ship.

In related developments, a Russian attack in the eastern Donetsk region tragically impacted a medical facility and a residential building, resulting in civilian casualties including a child and a pregnant woman, as reported by Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko.

The recent events underscore the escalating use of advanced unmanned weaponry in the war, marking a new phase in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Did Ukraine Sink Another Russian Ship?