Earlier, Ukrainian forces conducted a coordinated long-range attack on the Russian port of Sevastopol, according to a UK Ministry of Defence Intelligence Update on the war released today.

The attack, which likely included a combination of one-way attack drones and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles, almost certainly resulted in the sinking of the KARAKURT-Class Corvette ‘TSIKLON’.

‘TSIKLON’ is one of four Russian KALIBR-capable KARAKURT-Class vessels that have operated in the Black Sea since 2022.

Two of these vessels have likely been transferred to the Caspian Sea to complete sea trials safely following a series of successful Ukrainian attacks. The fourth vessel of the group was previously heavily damaged in a Ukrainian attack in November 2023.

Although this is unlikely to significantly change the impact the Russian Navy is having on Ukrainian operations, it does highlight a continued danger to Russian forces operating in the Crimea and Black Sea region. The attack underscores continued Ukrainian success when conducting coordinated strikes.

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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. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky (@guest_821255)
1 month ago

its unlikely to significantly change the impact the Russian Navy is having on Ukrainian operations because the Russian navy is having negligible effect on Ukranian operations these days. This was one of the few vessels still in the western Black Sea region

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_821274)
1 month ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Of course. Combat is in land and air.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_821580)
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

bloody hell it looks like the Brazilian navy could wipe the floor with the Russians. u can’t believe that the russian navy is so toothless and incompetent.

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_821355)
1 month ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Eliminating the Russian Navy from the area will obviously be positive for Ukraine and it’s war effort. Elimination of the Russian air force (in the area around Ukraine) must be next on the list. Without those two things Ukraine will find it tricky to have an impact on land.

Steve
Steve (@guest_821406)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark B

They still have plenty of subs in the black sea, which could close off the area if needed. The effect on the war is zero other than morale boost for Ukraine

Dern
Dern (@guest_821672)
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

When was the last sea launched missile attack on Odessa?

Steve
Steve (@guest_821684)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dern

Their subs can launch them also. I think it’s more they are saving their remaining missiles for the winter again, as they don’t have many left.

Dern
Dern (@guest_822376)
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

That’s a long way of saying “Not since the Ukranians forced the Russian Navy to port”

Steve
Steve (@guest_822381)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dern

Not sure, as surely their subs could keep up the bombardment if they had enough missiles to do it.

Nevis
Nevis (@guest_821264)
1 month ago

Meanwhile china is conducting military drills around Taiwan basically blockading it. Good job we have an offshore patrol vessel in the region to nip that in the bud!

Paul Corcoran
Paul Corcoran (@guest_821310)
1 month ago
Reply to  Nevis

I fear the days of Nemesis are king gone.

Pete
Pete (@guest_821338)
1 month ago
Reply to  Nevis

A couple of dozen Sea Spear loaded coastal battery trucks would be ideal for Taiwan to deal with swarms of small craft China typically deploys.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_821584)
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

a single b 52 armed with 5049thousand pound bobs carpet bombing them would be enough to repel a very big swarm of drones.

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_821357)
1 month ago
Reply to  Nevis

Port visit might be interesting.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_821581)
1 month ago
Reply to  Nevis

a mighty vessel indeed, with it’s little popgun on the pointy end it could take on half the chinky navy if they turn out to be as bad as their russian mates.

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_821370)
1 month ago

These are only 800-860t vessels, small nowdays even for a corvette. Interesting how all theSAM/CIWS etc fails.

John
John (@guest_821400)
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank62

Agreed, more patrol boats really. The Canadians sank an Iraqi one with a Sparrow AAM in Gulf 1. So it does not take much.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_821402)
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Indeed, you can stick a load of heavyweight anti ship missiles/land attack missiles on a small hull like this but it does not removed the fact they are very very vulnerable…

Its also interesting that Russia seems unable to protect its navel assets even in port…which you would imagine is covered by the best integrated air defence system they can muster.

John
John (@guest_821425)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonathan

The Nordics do it well but have the coastlines. As for Russian air defences? Pantsir proved useless in Syria, S300 and 400 seem next to useless. Israels “reply” to the Iranians proved, again, you cannot rely on second rate air defences. Precision ground launched munitions are taking these things out easily. Problem seems for Ukraine the drip feed of western equipment.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves (@guest_821586)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonathan

it’s because they’ve nobody able to take charge of the utter mess that they have put themselves into.

Dern
Dern (@guest_821673)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Looking at the recent video footage thr IADS in Novorossysk seems to be a bunch of Mobiks firing HMGs wildly at the city centre.

Also there’s the recent helping of HIMARS annihilating S400 launchers.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_821708)
1 month ago
Reply to  Dern

Not a lot of integrated in their air defence systems then…

Steve
Steve (@guest_821408)
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank62

Probably turned off when in dock as the ships radar wouldn’t be much help in a dock.

Mickey
Mickey (@guest_821437)
1 month ago

All in all there has been a significant loss of Russian Navy tonnage in the last two years beginning with the ‘Moskva’. Not at all insignificant to the war effort.