““Today at night, the most massive attack by UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and remote-controlled surface vehicles in the waters of the Sevastopol bay was undertaken” since Moscow launched its offensive, Razgozhayev told Russian state media later on Saturday.
The attack in Sevastopol – the largest city in the Crimean peninsula, comes as Ukraine has been engaged in a fierce battle with Russian forces in the Kherson region, which serves as the gateway to Crimea. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
The Ukrainian military on Saturday claimed that Russian forces continued their withdrawal from Kherson, ahead of an expected advance by Kyiv.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said in a regular social media update that large numbers of injured and sick Russian soldiers were being taken out of hospitals in Kherson, the southern province overrun by Moscow in the early days of the war.
Al Jazeera, however, could not ascertain the veracity of the Ukrainian military claims.
Moscow blames UK, Ukraine for drone attack
Moscow accused the UK of helping Ukraine plan a drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol port, and said that one of its ships suffered “minor” damage.
“The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of the military personnel of the Ukrainian 73rd Special Center for Maritime Operations were carried out under the guidance of British specialists located in the city of Ochakiv in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region,” Moscow’s defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
“It should be emphasised that the ships of the Black Sea Fleet that were attacked by terrorists are involved in ensuring the security of the ‘grain corridor’ as part of an international initiative to export agricultural products from Ukrainian ports,” it said.”
Comment: Why Russia thinks the British were involved in this attack is a mystery to me although the UK has many drone systems on hand and in development. If the Russians shot all the drones down, this is further evidence that drones are of limited use against an opponent with significant air defense capability. pl