A high-quality satellite image has provided a clear view of the destruction caused to a Russian warship and submarine after a Ukrainian attack on the Sevastopol shipyard in occupied Crimea on September 13. The satellite imagery from Planet.com shows the stark difference between the bay in Sevastopol before and after the Ukrainian attack.
The image demonstrates that the Russian landing ship Minsk and submarine Rostov-on-Don were intact and in the dry dock on September 12. However, the next day, on September 13, both vessels were severely damaged.
The Russian-installed occupation authorities in Sevastopol reported a fire at the shipyard in the Kilen Bay area on the night of September 13, following a large missile attack by Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that their air defense system had successfully intercepted seven out of ten Ukrainian cruise missiles and all maritime kamikaze drones launched during the attack.
Ukraine’s Air Force Commander, Mykola Oleshchuk, hinted on social media that the attack was carried out by Ukrainian aircraft and expressed gratitude to the pilots. Sky News reported that Ukraine utilized British cruise missiles, known as Storm Shadow, to strike the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in occupied Crimea on September 13.
Andrii Yusov, the Ukrainian Intelligence spokesperson, confirmed the damage inflicted on the Russian submarine Rostov-on-Don and the landing warship Minsk. These vessels were capable of carrying Russian Kalibr missiles, which have been used in previous attacks by Moscow on Ukraine.
According to the Dutch open-source intelligence research group Oryx, visual confirmation suggests that the Russian warship Minsk has been completely destroyed, rather than just damaged. This leads experts at Oryx to conclude that the ship cannot be restored after the Ukrainian missile strike.