Western media believe that at dawn on September 13, Ukraine successfully attacked a Russian submarine and a large landing craft for the first time during the war. Journalists write that the Armed Forces of Ukraine could have fired British Storm Shadow missiles at Sevastopol.
Sky News writes about it.
The publication, citing Ukrainian and Western sources, reported that the attack on the occupied Crimea was carried out by British Storm Shadow missiles.
"A Russian submarine and warship were damaged during the morning shelling of the Sevastopol shipyard - potentially the largest blow to Russian naval facilities in the entire war.
Ukrainian and Western sources reported that British Storm Shadow cruise missiles were deployed," the journalists write.
As noted, at the beginning of the year, Great Britain handed over Storm Shadow missiles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They are capable of launching from Ukrainian aircraft. France also provided the Ukrainian military with cruise missiles. However, it is noted that the strike was carried out by British missiles.
"It was Storm Shadow," one of the sources said.
The British Ministry of Defense has not yet commented on this. The head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Ben Key, was asked about the attack on the Russian fleet during a speech at an arms exhibition in London.
He did not talk about any specifics, nor was he asked about the potential involvement of missiles provided by the UK, but he said: "The Ukrainians are demonstrating what can be done with innovative thinking and a willingness to take risks. As we've seen in various areas, some really significant adaptations of tactics and equipment and capabilities to try to create a capability advantage over the Russians, and I really applaud that."
The Western publication adds that this is the first known successful attack on a Russian submarine in this war.
Attack on shipyard in Sevastopol
At dawn on September 13, powerful explosions rang out in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol. The sounds were heard in the area of the Ordzhonikidze Marine Plant.
The Main Directorate of Intelligence confirmed the defeat of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.
The Russian Ministry of Defense admitted that the Sevastopol Marine Plant was attacked.
Officially, Ukraine has not yet commented on the situation, but the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mykola Oleshchuk, thanked the Ukrainian pilots for their excellent combat work.