Monday 15 July, 2024

Ukraine destroys Russian Ropucha-class landing ship off Crimea

Ukraine’s military claimed on Wednesday that it had sunk a Russian landing ship in the Black Sea using naval drones in a strike carried out by special operations unit Group 13.

A statement issued by Ukraine’s General Staff stated that the Ropucha-class landing ship Caesar Kunikov sank near Alupka, a city on the southern edge of the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014.

Ukraine’s military intelligence (GUR) shared a video of the attack and said it had been carried out off of the Crimean city of Alupka with Magura V5 naval drones. It claimed that Russian search and rescue operations had been unsuccessful unsuccessful.

This incident would be another humiliation for the Russian Black Sea fleet and a significant success for Ukraine, just ten days before the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion on 24 February.

Despite facing low ammunition supplies and a shortage of personnel, Ukraine has kept up its strikes behind the static 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) front line but has moved onto the defensive in the war.

MAGURA V5 (Maritime Autonomous Guard Unmanned Robotic Apparatus V-type) is a Ukrainian multi-purpose surface unmanned boat capable of performing various tasks including surveillance, reconnaissance, patrolling, search and rescue, mine countermeasures, maritime security, and combat missions

Last week, Ukraine’s military released a video that showed naval drones attacking the Russian missile-armed corvette Ivanovets.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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