Ukrainian military target Russian ship docked at Crimean shipyard
The Ukrainian Navy says the Air Force has successfully attacked a ship from Russia's Black Sea Fleet docked at the Kerch shipyard
Dmytro Pletenchuk, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Naval Forces, shared the information in an interview with Espreso TV.
"The occupiers had intentions to launch three ships, with the Tsiklon being the first to set sail. This particular small missile ship had previously faced difficulties, as it couldn't pass missile tests for the past two years. Two more ships from the same series, Amur and Askold, were also planned to be deployed. Now, it appears that one of these may not join the Russian Black Sea Fleet," Pletenchuk stated.
He went on to describe the damaged ship as relatively new, still in the process of being equipped with modular weaponry.
He explained, "The concept behind these ships was to have interchangeable weapon modules. Notably, these modules were constructed at facilities located in close proximity to our territories, which were seized by the invaders along with Crimea. We've observed a reduction in the number of ships guarding these areas; what used to be ten units has now dwindled to just two on duty."
Pletenchuk also mentioned a decrease in the number of ships operating in the Black Sea itself.
“Only one ship is currently on active duty in both the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. These ships are not capable of carrying out significant military operations, which leads to changes in the enemy's tactics. This change involved taking the main ships away from the main naval base, away from Sevastopol,” he said.
He added that Russian forces now face two main problems: a shortage of quay front and logistical support.
“Loading of Kalibr missiles was previously done exclusively in Sevastopol. It's likely that the Russians are strategizing to address this issue, which has led to relative calm at sea. The enemy is likely in the process of accumulating missile weapons, which are not produced in large quantities by their military-industrial complex. Hence, they need time to amass these resources before winter," he added.
On the afternoon of Saturday, November 4, explosions were heard in the occupied city of Kerch, Crimea. The Department of Strategic Communications of the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed the successful strikes on the Zaliv Shipyard.
The Russian Ministry of Defense acknowledged the attack on the Zaliv shipbuilding plant in Crimea.
On November 5, Mykola Oleshchuk, the Commander of the Ukrainian Air Forces, confirmed the destruction of one of the most modern ships in the Russian Black Sea Fleet, a Kalibr cruise missile carrier, during the attack on Kerch.