Ukraine has claimed the sinking of two Russian Raptor patrol boats off its coast. Reportedly the boats were sunk in attacks by Ukraine’s Bayraktar UAVs. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Ukraine on Monday said it sank two Russian naval vessels in the Black Sea with drone strikes, as explosions rang out once again in Russia’s border region of Belgorod and heavy fighting continued in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine released video footage of what it said were Bayraktar TB-2 armed drones hitting the two Raptor-class patrol boats at 4.51 a.m. Monday near Snake Island, a Ukrainian island that Russian forces captured on the first day of the war on Feb. 24. Both boats appeared to be hit, but it wasn’t clear whether they had sunk.
Ukraine’s military said in recent days that it carried out several airstrikes on the strategic island, located 22 miles off the Ukrainian coast southwest of Odessa, destroying the air-defense system and other heavy weapons of the Russian military unit that occupies it. The two boats in the area, each capable of carrying 20 Marines in addition to three crew members, were likely to be carrying reinforcements and resupplies.
Near #SnakeIsland, a #Bayraktar drone destroyed two #Russian Raptor boats. pic.twitter.com/voB8tyYlnk
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 2, 2022
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