Ukraine has launched a new strike on Russia’s Black Sea naval headquarters in Sevastopol, where officials in the annexed Crimean peninsula said air defenses shot down at least one drone.
Saturday morning’s attack – a day after explosions near military bases Ukraine and Russian-controlled areas of Russia – The departure of two more grain ships from a Ukrainian port came amid cautious optimism elsewhere.
Shipments from the port of Chornomorsk brought Ukraine’s total number of Black Sea departures under the UN-brokered agreement to 27.
Although no major damage was reported following the drone strike on Sevastopol, which was not independently verified by the Guardian, observers said it demonstrated Ukraine’s capability. Strike deep behind Russian lines In honor goals.
Video Shared on Twitter It appeared to show Russian air defense trying to engage the UAV and dark plumes of smoke rising from the city.
Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Rasvosayev said in a Telegram that a drone crashed into the roof of the headquarters on Saturday and that there were no casualties, Russian news agencies reported. Toss.
“I’m there [Black Sea] Now Naval Headquarters. A drone crashed into the roof here 25 minutes ago. “Unfortunately, it didn’t fall down…no casualties,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s defense ministry said on Saturday that its forces had killed a total of 44,900 Russian soldiers – an increase of 200 on the previous day.
On Friday, the US said for the first time that it would provide Ukraine with ScanEagle surveillance drones, anti-mine vehicles, anti-armor rounds and howitzer weapons as part of a new £655m aid package to help its efforts to retake Ukrainian territory.
“These capabilities are carefully calibrated to make the most difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s position at the negotiating table.” Anthony BlinkThe US Secretary of State said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded to the announcement, calling it “another important step towards defeating the aggressor”.
Wednesday will mark six months of war since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
While Russia has made gains in the east, it has been put on the defensive in other regions as Ukraine ramps up its offensive in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Captured by Russia in 2014.
Last week, nine Russian fighter jets were reportedly destroyed at a Crimean air base.
Russian leaders have warned that such strikes signal an escalation in the conflict NATO Partners.
In its latest intelligence update on the conflict, Britain Ministry of Defence (MOD) said last week it had seen “only limited changes in regional control at the frontline”.
In Donbass, it said Russian forces had approached the outskirts of Bakmut, but had not entered the city. In the southwest, it reported that neither Ukrainian nor Russian forces were advancing on the front in occupied Kherson, but added: “Frequent explosions behind Russian lines are stressing Russian logistics and air bases in the south.”
While predicting no significant changes next week, the MOD said: “In the coming months, the effort will go towards building a credible, resilient force for offensive operations.”