Ukraine says it sunk a Russian patrol ship near Crimea, its latest Black Sea victory

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Ukraine said Tuesday it had sunk a Russian patrol vessel disconnected nan seashore of occupied Crimea, claiming different triumph complete nan Kremlin's forces successful nan hotly contested waters of nan Black Sea.

Moscow did not corroborate nan claim, which would correspond nan latest rustle to its naval powerfulness arsenic Kyiv strikes targets heavy wrong force territory moreover arsenic its army suffers setbacks connected nan battlefield. 

Ukraine’s subject intelligence agency said that it had utilized high-tech oversea drones successful an overnight onslaught connected nan ample patrol vessel Sergey Kotov adjacent nan Kerch Strait, separating nan annexed peninsula’s eastbound seashore from mainland Russia. 

The agency published a video purporting to show nan vessel being blown up and going up successful flames. It did not opportunity thing astir nan destiny of nan ship’s crew.

NBC News could not independently verify nan video, aliases corroborate nan grade of nan harm to nan vessel aliases unit losses. 

The vessel tin reportedly transportation cruise missiles and astir 60 crew, according to The Associated Press.

A Telegram transmission search postulation connected nan adjacent Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea to Russia, said postulation was temporarily suspended overnight, without specifying nan reason. The postulation connected nan span resumed early Tuesday. 

Ukraine has dealt Russia's Black Sea fleet a number of costly blows successful nan past year, contempt an unsuccessful counteroffensive connected nan ground.

Footage released by nan Ukrainian Defense Ministry connected Tuesday shows what it claims is nan warship being deed successful nan Black Sea.Footage released by nan Ukrainian Defense Ministry connected Tuesday shows what it claims is nan warship being deed successful nan Black Sea.Ukrainian Defense Ministry

It’s been losing territory to caller Russian offensives successful caller weeks, hampered by ammunition shortages and stalled Western aid, but Kyiv appears to still beryllium capable to equine successful operations astatine sea.

In nan early months of nan war, Ukraine famously dealt Russia a high-profile setback by sinking nan flagship Moskva pinch hundreds of unit connected board. 

More recently, Kyiv has deployed its ain uncrewed oversea drones laden pinch explosives to frighten Russian vessels.

The attacks astir Crimea person helped push Moscow’s naval forces backmost to their ain Black Sea ports, allowing Kyiv much state of navigation and power of an area important to exporting grain.

Just past month, Ukraine claimed it sank nan Caesar Kunikov landing vessel disconnected nan seashore of Crimea. Two weeks earlier that, its subject intelligence claimed to person sunk nan corvette Ivanovets, besides disconnected nan peninsula’s coast. Those attacks were ne'er acknowledged by Russia. 

There was nary contiguous guidance from nan Russian defense ministry to Tuesday’s sinking either. It did not return NBC News’ petition for comment. However, immoderate Russian subject bloggers reported that nan vessel was destroyed, pinch conflicting accusation astir nan crew.

Sergey Kotov appears to beryllium 1 of Russia’s newest, state-of-the-art ships. It was only launched successful 2021, according to nan defense ministry. Ukraine said it had costs astir $65 million.

In an evident reference to nan onslaught connected Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s main of staff, Andriy Yermak, called nan Russian Black Sea Fleet a “symbol of occupation” that does not beryllium successful Crimea. 

Yuliya Talmazan

Yuliya Talmazan is simply a newsman for NBC News Digital, based successful London.