A Russian official in annexed Crimea earlier accused Ukraine on Sunday of carrying out a drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet HQ ahead of planned celebrations to mark Navy Day.

“An unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the fleet’s headquarters,” Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “According to preliminary information, it is a drone.”

He said Ukraine had decided to “spoil Navy Day for us”.

According to the latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine from the British Ministry of Defence, it’s just one of the latest setbacks for the Russians.

“The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship RAZONI left the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odesa on 1 August, headed to the port of Tripoli in Lebanon loaded with 26,000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain.

This marks the first grain shipment from a Ukrainian port since the invasion began, enabled by an agreement on a grain export transit corridor between Ukraine, Turkey, the UN, and Russia on 22 July.

The reported strike on Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol on Navy Day is the latest setback for the Black Sea Fleet in the five-month-old war against Ukraine, which included the loss of its flagship, the cruiser MOSKVA, in April 2022.

Following the reports of cancelled parades, it is unlikely that the Black Sea Fleet can manage high profile public events alongside its wartime activities.”

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.

 

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Andy P
Andy P
12 days ago

Nice touch having a couple of tugs in the phot with the skimmer George. 😂

John Clark
John Clark
12 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Tugs Andy … Referred to as a flexible, multi vessel propulsion system in the Russian Navy….

John Clark
John Clark
12 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Tugs Andy, know as flexible multi vessel propulsion systems in the Russian Navy mate.

Andy P
Andy P
10 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

😂 I’d love to hear Johnski’s spin on this, I’m sure it yet another way that the Motherland is out thinking The West using Russia’s superior industry and war fighting techniques. 😉

Stu
Stu
12 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Pennant 490 means this is the Admiral Essen too. Wasn’t that the one Ukr claimed to have hit in April? https://www.defenceview.in/russian-top-notch-frigate-admiral-essen-hit-by-ukraine-neptune-missile/

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
10 days ago
Reply to  Stu

Is it just a stock photo of Black Sea fleet vessel? Even if it was date stamped recently I would not trust it anyway if it’s been released by Russia.

Stu
Stu
10 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

Oh that’s not what I was saying. I know it’s a stock image. I was wondering if it was deliberately chosen as it has tugs next to a warship that may have been severely damaged. If it wasn’t chosen deliberately, an amusing coincidence.

RobW
RobW
12 days ago

“Ukraine decided to spoil Navy Day for us”

Is he joking? Don’t invade them then!

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
12 days ago
Reply to  RobW

What a shame……:)

Richard Graham
Richard Graham
11 days ago
Reply to  RobW

Oh No!

Anyway…

Nick Whitehorn
Nick Whitehorn
11 days ago
Reply to  RobW

Crimea is Ukraine territory that was stolen by Russia.
Hands off Crimea. And wth you doing in Savastapol anyway in the first place !!! Sevastapol is in Crimea ,and that all belongs to Ukraine.
Common Ukraine , kick the Russians out and take back what’s rightfully yours in the first place. 👌

David Steeper
David Steeper
12 days ago

The really interesting thing is the drone must have been launched from inside Crimea. Ukraine doesn’t have any drones able to reach Sevastopol from further away. I’m sure that’s got the Orks thinking. 😉😉

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
12 days ago
Reply to  David Steeper

Pity it wasn’t a bigger missile! Hope Ukraine can get some longer abilities to sink subs and ships currently out of its range.

David Steeper
David Steeper
12 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

If they do get ATACMS things will certainly get interesting.

Nick Whitehorn
Nick Whitehorn
11 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Yes , totally agree mate. Hope also Ukraine gets long range missiles to sink the entire Russian fleet so then they won’t be able to protect they’re subs. I hope every single Russian war ship ends up where they belong. With Moskva. 👍

Jon
Jon
11 days ago
Reply to  David Steeper

My mind went the other way. Can’t afford to celebrate Navy Day? Blame it on a Ukrainian drone.

David Steeper
David Steeper
11 days ago
Reply to  Jon

Too many holes in too many Russians to try that. 😁😁

Rob Young
Rob Young
12 days ago

‘A Russian official in annexed Crimea earlier accused Ukraine’ – Statements like this annoy me. Likewise, Russian and their puppets trying Ukrainian soldiers of foreign origin as ‘mercenaries’. When will Ukraine start trying Wagner Group mercenaries as mercenaries, or separatists as traitors? When will the west name the Wagner Group and similar as terrorists groups (if they haven’t already)?

Andy P
Andy P
11 days ago
Reply to  Rob Young

Probably because we’re not barbarians mate. Its not a race to be the biggest dick head. I get your frustration but the moral high ground is worth having.

Frank62
Frank62
12 days ago

Worlds biggest bully complains victim refuses to sit still & be hit repeatedly.

Putin could stop this war any time he chooses.

We could intervene any time too to force & hasten its end.

Last edited 12 days ago by Frank62
Mark B
Mark B
11 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Is that necessary. Russia is growing slowly weaker whilst Ukraine is growing stronger and more capable. We just need to be patient and Russia will be defeated by a country it foolishly looked down upon. Russia’s only hope is a deal but everyone knows the true state of Russia’s conventional forces.

Frank62
Frank62
11 days ago
Reply to  Mark B

Well the good news for you is that standing supporting from the sidelines is basically Western policy, but it costs Ukraine more death, destruction etc every day we continue thus. Plus it sews the seeds of more neo colonial wars by Russia, China etc.

Andy P
Andy P
11 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

“Plus it sews the seeds of more neo colonial wars by Russia, China etc.” I’m not sure that’s the case Frank, certainly in the short to medium term. Russia has pretty much embarrassed themselves on a military level (never mind the moral one) and as a lot of the Chinese military has historically been influenced by Russia they’re probably dwelling a couple of marching paces over things too. Both countries seem to have neglected logistics, I would guess that China looking on have taken note, they’re very good at the long game and down the line will look to fix… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
11 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Well, Ukraine should have applied for EU and NATO membership many years ago… if they had and were accepted, then the Western Countries wouldn’t be standing on the side lines…. Though to be honest if they were only a member of the EU I’m sure we would hear plenty of excuses from the EU countries not to get involved…

Last edited 11 days ago by Andrew
Tams
Tams
11 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

Mate, that’s what started all this.

Putin had a nice puppet in charge of Ukraine, so didn’t care to invade it.

Now, I’m not saying that Euromaiden shouldn’t have happened, nor that Ukraine shouldn’t aspire to join the EU or NATO (the latter will be necessary in the end), as clearly that’s what a large number of Ukrainians want.

But they couldn’t have joined to prevent this war. On this route there only ever has been one person who could have prevented this war: Putin.

Aaron L
Aaron L
11 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Not sure NATO intervention is the answer here and with Russia having veto at the UN, sending troops in under that banner wouldn’t work either.

NATO would have to unanimously agree to send troops into Ukraine and with the potential for the conflict to then escalate and spread I think there are a number of countries that wouldn’t go for it. Although all it would take is for a stray Russian missile to go over the Polish border in error then I guess they could go down the article 5 route?

Last edited 11 days ago by Aaron L
Mark B
Mark B
11 days ago
Reply to  Aaron L

Agreed. The world is providing weapons & training to even the odds in Ukraine – not the time to widen the conflict.

Jonathans
Jonathans
11 days ago
Reply to  Aaron L

Although to be fair the US could if it so wished ask Ukraine If it wished to have US troops based in its borders, with or without a UN or NATO mandate. The fact is the West has shown it does not have an appetite to go to war with another nuclear power with all the risks that entails. I suspect this is why Poland is massively up arming, if Ukraine can defend itself against Russian an up armed Poland could stabilise the region even if Western European and US support became cagy ( and let’s be honest most of… Read more »

Mark B
Mark B
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonathans

If push came to shove almost all western nations would take action. The issue is that a lot of countries which might be reliant on Russia for fuel are trying to navigate a path which might allow them to have their cake and eat it. Those with any sense are going to be accelerating their pursuit of alternative energy supplies. When those are in place or when Russia withdraws those supplies I’m sure they will seek to speed up the defeat of Russia.

William David Jones
William David Jones
8 days ago
Reply to  Mark B

Having followed the arguments on this site, the one conclusion I have come to is that NO ONE seems to have learnt the lesson from the past 89 years!!! That being YOU CAN NEVER APPEASE BULLIES !!! and the longer you try and don’t prepare for your failure the worst it will be. You only need to look at this Country at the start of WW 2, We were caught with our pants down and finish up playing catch up for a long time after it kicked off, are you suggesting we do the same NOW !!!

Mark B
Mark B
16 minutes ago

Absolutely NOT. I am drawing a distinction between the actions of the UK and other European nations. I suspect that had it not been for the decisive action of the UK early this year Ukraine would have been in Russian hands by the end of April. I am however being pragmatic about the bind that EU Countries now find themselves in. They need power yet they need to stand up to bullies. Luckily the UK/US have helped Ukraine blunt Putin’s advance. Germany, for example, will I’m sure help Ukraine Push back Putin once they are in a better position with… Read more »

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonathans

Will the massive orders Poland is putting in I wonder if some of it will be for Ukraine at a later date. The F-50 fighters for one. Also the old kit it frees up may also drift to Ukraine.
Poland and Ukraine together would be a very large formidable force.

Jonathans
Jonathans
10 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

I agree, I suspect Poland will end up Throwing a ton on stuff Ukraine’s way first getting rid of it’s last hundred or so T72s, then it’s 200 or so PT91s ( which are essentially modernised versions of the T72). I also think it will probably end up give Ukraine it’s 250 leopard 2s ( although it would take a while for Ukraine to be able to deploy these). what I’m not sure about is what Poland will do with its 350ish abrams it’s ordered from the US when it’s now getting 1000 Black Panthers. Running two fleets Modern MBTs… Read more »

Nick Whitehorn
Nick Whitehorn
11 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Yeah mate and his nuclear threats are all bullshit.
It’s like him saying . Let me win my wicked war or I’ll cut off your gas and blow up the world!
That is crazy talk and by the way, what is he on!
Does he drink loads of Vodka like when he chats he’s still intoxicated. But boy is he so irresponsible or what!

farouk
farouk
12 days ago

Tell you what, the Ukrainians have really expanded the use of small UAV warfare for all to see, this video is a perfect example)

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Tams
Tams
11 days ago
Reply to  farouk

Yes and likely how this was done if it even happned, but if this isn’t something the Russians haven’t set up/inflicted upon themselves/lied about, then it will have been by partisans.

Small drones simply don’t have the range to do that from Ukrainian controlled territory.

Coll
Coll
12 days ago

The lack of self-awareness is off the charts.

JeremyA97
JeremyA97
11 days ago

Lets all take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking news that Navy Day was spoiled for the Russians…the Ukrainians must have no shame.

LMN118
LMN118
11 days ago

Is it just me or does the Russian government and media come across as Comical Ali in a Monty Python sketch.

David A
David A
11 days ago

It will be interesting to see which countries will purchase Russian military equipment after the poor performance of their military in Ukraine. I can imagine India kicking themselves after they made that large purchase last year!

Gfor
Gfor
11 days ago
Reply to  David A

It is Turkey who went all in on the S 400 Air defence system that will be regretting their decision the most.
Out of the F35 and drifting slowly east.

dan
dan
11 days ago

Love it when the invaders complain about being attacked. lol

Old Tony
Old Tony
11 days ago

Meanwhile, the USNS has a ‘giant ship weighing up to 40 tonnes’ !!

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1650086/Giant-US-Navy-ship-missile-coming-to-UK

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
10 days ago
Reply to  Old Tony

That website is an absolute nightmare to view on a phone. Article summary is a big ship is coming to Portsmouth.
There was another article saying something about China and the royal navy sending a fleet of nuclear submarines🙈
Take the express lane to make believe world the paper lives in.

Simon
Simon
11 days ago

surprised there hasn’t been a post from disgusted of Milton Keynes

Airborne
Airborne
11 days ago
Reply to  Simon

Stand by stand by, the system will clock your post and one of the troll team will reply.

Simon
Simon
11 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

😂😂😂

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
10 days ago
Reply to  Simon

Maybe he didn’t get his 6 potatoes and a turnip pay this month so won’t post until payment comes.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
10 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

😂😂

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PGS
PGS
10 days ago

What a shame ‘Navy Day’ was spoiled for them. The UKR was clearly just messing with them here.

Clayton
Clayton
9 days ago

You’ve gotta love the blind whining.

They’ve “Spoil[t]Navy Day for us”. Fml you’ve almost gotta respect the brass one’s on him to make that part of the official response.