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Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian ships could change warfare strategy at sea - Ukraine's top General

29 March, 2024 Friday
12:25

Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, said that the attacks of Ukrainian drones on Russian warships have been so effective that the entire strategy of the war at sea may be changed

He said this in an interview with Ukrinform.

"Our artillerymen are using high-precision ammunition to hit enemy concentrations even tens of kilometers from the front line. Not only does the enemy suffer significant losses in manpower and equipment, including artillery systems, every day, but it can never feel safe anywhere, including the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. This is an important psychological factor. They will not have peace on our land. Never. And every occupier must realize this," Syrskyi said.

According to him, in February-March 2024 alone (as of March 26 - ed.), Russia lost more than 570 tanks, about 1,430 armored combat vehicles, almost 1,680 artillery systems and 64 air defense systems. The Ukrainian Defense Forces also managed to significantly reduce Russian activity in the air. In just 10 days in February, they shot down 13 Russian aircraft, including two strategically important A50 surveillance and control aircraft.

Syrskyi assured that Ukraine continues to change its tactics at sea as well. He emphasizes that the attacks of unmanned Ukrainian drones on Russian warships have been so effective that it is possible to talk about changes in the strategy of combat operations at sea in general.

The Commander-in-Chief emphasized that Ukraine will continue to purposefully destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and the destruction of several Russian ships in Sevastopol over the past few days is only part of this process.

"On the ground... the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to control key heights and defense areas. Our goal is to prevent the loss of our territory, to exhaust the enemy as much as possible, to inflict the greatest possible losses on them, to form and prepare reserves for offensive actions," Syrskyi said.

  • On the evening of March 23, the Russians announced the alleged operation of air defense in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The Ukrainian defense forces hit large landing ships Yamal and Azov, a communications center and several infrastructure facilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. The Russians also report damage to transportation infrastructure. The Ukrainian Intelligence called the damage to the large amphibious assault ship Yamal critical.
  • Later, it became known that another Russian reconnaissance ship, the Ivan Khurs, was probably damaged as a result of Ukraine's attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet facilities in occupied Sevastopol.
  • On March 24, the Ukrainian Defense Forces attacked the landing ship Konstantin Olshansky, which the Russian occupation forces stole from Ukraine in 2014 during the annexation of Crimea, with a Neptune missile. The Ukrainian military also hit the Russian reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs.
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