- Ukraine strikes and damages a recently built Russian warship in Crimea, adding to a series of successful hits on Russian naval vessels.
- Satellite images and social media posts confirm the extent of the damage inflicted on the warship, highlighting the effectiveness of the attack.
- Ukraine employs Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG missiles, Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles, and unmanned surface vehicles to target Russian ships and degrade Russia’s military capabilities in the region.
- Brand-new Russian warship hit by Ukraine is so badly damaged that it is likely out of the action for the foreseeable future, war analysts say (businessinsider.com)
A new report reveals that Ukraine has struck a recently built Russian warship in Crimea, causing significant damage and rendering it inoperable. This attack marks yet another successful hit by Ukraine on Russian naval vessels. The Ukrainian forces have been determined to disrupt Russia’s presence in the Black Sea and make the occupied Crimean peninsula untenable. In this latest strike, they managed to take out a Russian ship before it could even be put into service.
The attack occurred on November 4 and targeted the Russian Askold Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvette, which was docked in a Kerch shipyard in occupied Crimea. Satellite images and social media posts from Russian and Ukrainian sources confirm the extent of the damage inflicted on the warship. Videos of the attack capture the moment a Ukrainian missile hits the ship, causing a large explosion.
Ukraine has been using Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG missiles, provided by the UK and France, in its attacks on Russian targets. These air-launched cruise missiles, with a range of 155 miles, have proved highly effective. They were likely also employed in a recent bombardment of Sevastopol, where two warships and shipyard facilities were damaged. Ukraine has been using unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) loaded with explosives to target Russian ships and key transport vessels in and around Crimea. The USVs have scored victories against Russian landing ships, patrol vessels, and even a fleet flagship.
Moreover, Ukraine has used Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles in its attacks. In April 2022, they sank the Salava-class guided-missile cruiser Moskva, showing their ability to challenge Russia’s naval supremacy. The recent strikes on Russian military infrastructure in occupied Crimea are part of Ukraine’s campaign to degrade Russia’s military capabilities in the region.
These relentless attacks by Ukraine on Russian warships and infrastructure demonstrate their determination to disrupt Russia’s presence in the Black Sea and make Crimea untenable. The damage caused to the Russian warship in this latest strike will likely keep it out of commission for a long time. Ukraine’s success in targeting and damaging Russian vessels poses a significant challenge to Russia’s seaborne logistics operations in the region.