Kiev claims that on Saturday, Russia evacuated three naval ships from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov to avoid losing more ships. Ukraine bombed at least four Russian warships last week.
Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Dmitry Pletinchuk said on Saturday: Ukrainskaya Pravda:
– The liberation of our lands continues. Evidence of this is that the Russian occupiers today transferred three large landing craft from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.
- On the night of September 13, the Russians lost the landing ship “Minsk”. According to Ukraine, it is not possible to repair it.
- The submarine Rostov-on-Don suffered the same fate that night.
- The next day, Ukrainian drones destroyed at least one patrol ship.
- On the same day, a warship called “Samom” was said to have been hit near Sevastopol. Moscow claims the attack was stopped by its anti-aircraft fire.
- Ukraine is also said to have hit a shipyard that repairs naval vessels.
– Now Russia wants to protect the rest of its naval ships, according to euromaidanpress.org.
Over the past year and a half, Ukraine has been building a new fleet, not of warships, but of drones. They are small, unmanned ships that can be controlled remotely and can move above or below the surface of the sea. They can be used to attack enemy ships – but also for surveillance and mine clearance. They are cheap and Ukraine should be able to build 20 of them a week.
Meanwhile, Russia has a completely different strategy. Defense Minister Sergei Shogu confirmed on Friday – after a meeting with the Pacific Fleet – that shipyards are building new warships for the Russian Navy.
– They’ve already been at it for two years. Shoigu said, according to the Russian news agency, that by the end of the year there will be 12 new ships, including the frigate Admiral Golovko, the missile submarine Alexander III and the nuclear submarine Krasnoyarsk. Rhea.
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