Russian vessels damaged in Ukrainian strike on Black Sea Fleet base

Ukraine has claimed to have hit a Russian ship and submarine in an attack on a shipyard in Sevastopol, Crimea.

Two Russian vessels have been damaged in a Ukrainian missile and sea drone attack on the home of the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. 

The Russian Ministry of Defence said its forces had intercepted most of the 10 Ukrainian cruise missiles and all of the unmanned surface vehicles that targeted the facility in the city of Sevastopol.

Nevertheless, two vessels were damaged and infrastructure set on fire in the attack on the Sergo Ordzhonikidze Shipyard.

The dockyard is used to maintain and repair Russian warships, and is key to Moscow’s military effort in Ukraine.

A large Russian amphibious landing ship and a submarine were struck, according to Ukrainian military intelligence sources.

This makes the strike one of Ukraine's most significant attacks so far on the Black Sea Fleet.

The port city of Sevastopol and the Sergo Ordzhonikidze Shipyard are strategically important for the operation of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which has its headquarters there.

Ukraine has consistently maintained its ultimate goal is to take back the peninsula after it was annexed by Russia in 2014.

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