“At least three explosions”: Ukraine damages Russian fleet

Last night, Ukraine attacked the Sevastopol shipyard on the Crimean peninsula illegally annexed by Russia with ten cruise missiles, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. This reports the German news website tagesschau.de.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, in addition to the ten cruise missiles, three high-speed boats were also deployed. Seven of the cruise missiles were intercepted by Russian air defense, and the boats were all destroyed by a Russian patrol ship, it said. “The impact of enemy cruise missiles damaged two ships under repair,” the Russian Ministry of Defense says.

On the Network X, formerly Twitter, former Deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine Anton Herashchenko writes: “The videos published on the Internet show that at least three powerful explosions took place at the plant.” To this end, Herashchenko posts a video purporting to show one of the explosions. Smoke rises dozens of meters into the night sky.

This information comes from a party to the conflict and has not yet been independently verified / confirmed. For this reason, the report must be evaluated with reservations. In war, it can be advantageous for parties to make false statements about the course of the conflict in order to strengthen their own position or weaken the position of the opponent.

Image: Kremlin.ru, Vladimir Putin (2022-12-16), CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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