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Drone attack damages Russia’s Black Sea flagship Admiral Makarov

The Ukrainian navy had been hunting the missile-armed vessel for months now

admiral_makarov Admiral Makaroxv | Reuters

A drone attack by Ukrainian forces damaged Russia’s Black Sea flagship vessel, Admiral Makarov on the Crimean port of Sevastopol over the weekend. The frigate was one of the three Russian ships to be hit on Saturday. 

The Ukrainian navy had been hunting the missile-armed vessel for months now. A swarm of drones struck Russia’s navy at 4.20 am. According to Ukrainian officials, it was unclear whether Admiral Markov was badly crippled or escaped with light damage, the Guardian reported. 

It is believed that the hull was breached and radar systems smashed. This is yet to be confirmed, though. A Russian navy school is located near the Crimean port of Sevastopol. Another video shows an attack on a Russian "Natya-class minesweeper."; 6-8 ship drones were used to attack the fleet, Kyiv Independent reported. The Russian defence ministry said there was minor damage to the minesweeper.

Oct. 29, Moscow blamed Kyiv for sending nine drones to Sevastopol. The drones have been recovered and are being analysed. Volodymyr Zelenskyy's government did not claim responsibility for the attack, while aides to the president may have hinted that Ukraine was behind the attack. 

On July 31 and August 20, multiple drone attacks on Russian naval headquarters in Sevastopol caused damage to the buildings. Also, in April, Moskva battleship, a Soviet-built gun platform with a crew of 510 sank.

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