However, this information has not been officially confirmed.
according to station RTOn the morning of 13 September three unidentified missiles struck the Ordzhonikidze shipyard in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula, damaging a landing ship and a submarine in dry dock for repairs, causing a fire at the facility.
A photo shared on Telegram by Russia’s appointed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, shows flames engulfing a ship docked in the harbor as he speaks on the phone . Images circulated on social media showed several large explosions in the area.
The photo was shared by Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the Chief of Staff to the President of Ukraine, in a post about the attack. Photo: Twitter
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry did not describe the missiles involved, only saying that 10 Ukrainian cruise missiles were launched at a shipyard in Sevastopol. Seven missiles were intercepted by the air defense system. The remaining missiles attacked the two ships under repair.
Located on the Crimean peninsula, Sevastopol is about 300 km from Ukraine’s Black Sea port Odessa.
An unknown source told sky News: “He is the shadow of the storm”. The source assessed that the attack was “bold”.
Meanwhile, retired Ukrainian naval officer Andriy Ryzhenko told the news agency reuters By phone: “This is actually the largest attack on Sevastopol since the beginning of the conflict.”
According to Mr Ryzhenko, Ukraine would have used domestically produced Neptune anti-ship missiles and improved them to be able to attack targets on land. Additionally, a UK-provided Storm Shadow cruise missile is also a hypothesis, although less likely.
Smoke rises from a damaged Russian ship after the attack in Sevastopol. Photo: Reuters
sky News On 13 September, British naval commander Admiral Ben Key was also cited, who was asked about the attack during an arms fair in London. Mr Key commented that Ukraine had made “some significant adjustments in strategy, technology and skills”. However, he did not comment on the information related to the Storm Shadow missile. The British Defense Ministry also does the same.
radio RT That said, in May, Britain confirmed it had provided Ukraine with several air-launched cruise missiles with a range of up to 300 km. London said Kiev is committed not to attack Russian territory with this weapon, but clarified that this commitment does not apply to Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson or Zaporozhye.
Just days after the announcement, Ukraine launched Storm Shadow on the city of Lugansk and a bridge in northern Crimea. Russia announced that it shot down a Storm Shadow missile in the attack, but did not disclose the air defense system deployed to deal with the Ukrainian missiles.
While the Russian Defense Ministry did not provide further details about the September 13 attack, a military blog suggested that the missile was launched by a Ukrainian Su-24M bomber flying over the Black Sea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said two naval ships damaged in Ukraine’s attack on the Ordzhonikidze shipyard in Sevastopol will be fully restored and will continue to serve in the fleet, according to state news agency RIA Novosti.