Ukraine said it hit 2 Russian vessels with sea drones, as it continues to hammer Russia's Black Sea Fleet

  • Ukrainian intelligence said it damaged 2 Russian landing ships in Crimea.

  • Intelligence sources said the two vessels were hit by sea drones.

  • Ukraine has been targeting Russian ships in the Black Sea, forcing Russia to move some further away.

Ukrainian intelligence said the country hit two Russian landing ships off the coast of occupied Crimea with sea drones, showing how Ukraine has continued to attack Russia's navy in the Black Sea.

The Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine, or GUR, said on Friday that Russian landing boats, with both crew and loaded armored vehicles on board, were damaged during a nighttime operation.

It also shared what appeared to be footage from two drones flying over the sea and approaching a vessel, followed by explosions.

It said the high-speed Russian ships were "Serna" class, and could hold up to 45 tons of cargo and 92 landing personnel.

That type of vessel has previously been used by Russia to bring military equipment to territory it was trying to capture, the GUR said.

Intelligence sources told the Kyiv Post that the drones hit the Russian vessels on Thursday night in the harbor of the town of Chornomorske. That is on the peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

The sources did not say how badly the ships were damaged or if there were any casualties.

Russia confirmed an attack but did not say that any Russian vessels were hit. Russia's defense ministry said it shot down two aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles over the Crimean Peninsula on November 10.

Local Telegram channels also reported explosions near Chornomorske and said that there was rubble at a military barracks as well as divers working in the sea, the Kyiv Post reported.

Ukraine has been escalating its attacks on Russia's ships in Crimea, home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, in recent months.

These attacks include firing cruise missiles against a Russian naval shipyard and at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet.

Ukraine also hit a brand-new Russian cruise missile carrier in Crimea on Saturday.

In response, Russia has moved some of its naval assets away from its port in Crimea's Sevastopol, its most advanced facility in the region.

The UK Ministry of Defence said that Saturday's strike is likely to make Russia consider moving its shipbuilding capacities further back from the front line, which would delay the delivery of new vessels.

Crimea has served as an important base for Russia since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. It has used it to launch missile attacks across Ukraine, including attacks that have hit targets far from the front lines, killing civilians.

Ukraine has vowed to retake Crimea as part of its fightback against Russia's invasion.

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