The incident is believed to be Ukraine’s most significant strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet of the war. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 10 cruise missiles were launched at the shipyard, and seven were intercepted. The ministry said three unmanned boats targeted a detachment of Russian ships in the Black Sea, but the drones were destroyed.
Sky News reported that Western and Ukrainian sources said Ukraine used British-provided Storm Shadow missiles in the attack. Storm Shadows have a range of about 155 miles and can be fired by Ukraine’s Soviet-made fighter jets. The UK first began supplying Ukraine with Storm Shadows in May, which marked a significant escalation of NATO support for the proxy war against Russia.
Ukrainian Air Force commander Mykola Oleschuk confirmed that Kyiv was behind the attack on Sevastopol. “And while the occupiers are ‘storming’ and they are still recovering from the night cotton in Sevastopol, thank you to the pilots of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for their excellent combat work!” he wrote on Telegram.
The Russian Defense Ministry insisted that the two ships damaged in the attack will “be fully restored and continue combat service in their fleets.” According to Russian media reports, the 24 people who were wounded all worked at the shipyard, which is a major military facility.