Saturday, April 20, 2024

Ukrainian drone boats sink another Russian warship

Ukrainian uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) conducted a precision strike, resulting in the destruction of the Russian patrol ship “Sergey Kotov” in the Black Sea.

The attack occurred during the night of March 5, as confirmed by Ukrainian officials and pro-Russian Telegram channels. The targeted vessel, a Project 22160 large patrol ship, part of the Black Sea Fleet, suffered significant damage, leading to its destruction.

The Ukrainian Defense Intelligence Directorate (GUR) released footage capturing the moment of the drone attack on the Russian military ship. Sergey Kotov, one of four of these very modern vessels currently active with the Black Sea Fleet, was armed with a standard configuration, including a single 76mm automatic gun and two 14.5mm heavy machine guns.


To carry out the operation near the shores of the temporarily occupied Crimea, Ukrainian Maritime Autonomous Guard Unmanned Robotic Apparatus (MAGURA) V5 uncrewed surface vessels (USV)s were used.

The video suggests that the majority of drone hits targeted the ship’s right side. The intensity of the explosions indicates significant damage to the Russian Project 22160 ship, ultimately leading to its demise. The fate of the crew remains unknown.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more