Ukraine says ‘destroyed’ Russian warship off Crimea

AFP was not able to independently verify the footage or Ukraine’s account of the incident.

Kyiv said it happened near Lake Donuzlav – a lake that flows into the Black Sea on the western coast of Crimea.

Ukraine also claimed a Russian search and rescue operation after the attack was “not successful”.

While Moscow made no immediate statement, a Russian Telegram account with army links said Ukraine had attacked in the area with nine naval drones at night.

“Four of them were discovered by Russian sailors patroling Lake Donuzlav. They opened fire on them,” it said, adding that one boat was “damaged.”

On Jan 31, Russia said it destroyed 20 Ukrainian missiles over the Black Sea and Crimea.

Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and in February 2022 invaded Ukraine from several directions, including from the Black Sea peninsula. AFP

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