Overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force launched an attack using Storm Shadows and sea-going drones on the naval base of Sebastopol. So, this is the official statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense. As usual, they are downplaying the damage. More on that after this statement:
Tonight the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a strike with ten cruise missiles at the ship repair plant named after. S. Ordzhonikidze in the city of Sevastopol and three unmanned boats from a detachment of ships of the Black Sea Fleet on the sea crossing.
▫️ Air defense systems shot down seven cruise missiles, and the patrol ship Vasily Bykov destroyed all unmanned boats. As a result of being hit by enemy cruise missiles, two ships undergoing repairs were damaged.
🔹 Russian Ministry of Defense
The two ships that were likely destroyed (depending on the keel of one is intact, and we have no idea about the sub) were the Rapucha class LST Minsk and the Kilo-class submarine Rostov-on-Don.
Both were likely destroyed. Or it is not economical to fix them. The hit on the sub was the first in history from this weapon class.
Before going further, many Russians believe in the occult and omens. This will go double for sub-crews. The former captain of that boat was killed during a morning run less than a month ago. Now the ship is scrap. Given the penchant for a belief in omens, Russians may start to connect some dots. This is where the southern military district is based, taken by Wagner without a fight, so if you believe in omens and messages from the beyond.
Now to the more extensive damage than those two ships. Some of this is coming from Russian sources. Others come from Ukrainian sources. First, let me address what was hit beyond the naval assets:
The Sevastopol Marine Plant named after Ordzhonikidze is the largest ship repair and shipbuilding enterprise in Crimea, one of the leading industrial enterprises in the Azov-Black Sea region, according to the company’s website.
It was founded in 1783. Throughout the history of its existence, the plant was fully loaded and carried out the most complex work on the repair…