The Ukrainian army said Monday it had destroyed two Russian patrol boats near Snake Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of the Ukrainian resistance since Moscow forces’ invasion began on February 24.
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“Two Russian Raptor-class ships were destroyed near Serpents’ Island today,” Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeri Zaluzhny wrote on Facebook in a post accompanied by a video.
“Bayraktar works,” he said, revealing the use of this Turkish-developed combat drone in those two attacks.
For its part, Moscow did not confirm the information.
“The Raptors left the Moskva River,” a representative of the Ukrainian army, Viadislav Nazarov, rejoiced in a video, alluding to the Russian flagship, which sank in mid-April after being hit by Ukrainian missiles, according to Kyiv. For its part, Moscow had claimed it was damaged by an explosion on board.
The Russian Raptor-class patrol boats are among the fastest shuttles in the Russian Navy, reaching almost 90 km/h at full speed.
They can carry up to 20 soldiers in addition to the crew of three.
The island of snakes has become a symbol in Ukraine since a radio exchange that circulated on social media saw Ukrainian border guards shouting “Fuck you, Russian military ship!” on the first day of the conflict. to the Russian cruiser Moskva, who ordered them to surrender.
Shortly after this exchange, the ship bombed the island, the Russians took control of it, and the Ukrainian soldiers were captured. They were later released in a prisoner exchange with Moscow.
The recording of this exchange served as a leitmotif for the Ukrainian resistance, and the insults at the border guards even appeared on posters at support demonstrations abroad and on Ukrainian postage stamps.
The cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, sank in mid-April after being hit by Ukrainian missiles, according to Kyiv. For its part, Moscow claimed to have been damaged by an explosion on board.