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Updated: Ukraine's military intelligence destroys Russian tugboat in Crimea

by Martin Fornusek June 6, 2024 10:31 AM 2 min read
Purported footage of a Ukrainian strike against a Russian tugboat in occupied Crimea on June 6, 2024. (HUR/Telegram)
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Ukraine's military intelligence agency (HUR) carried out a naval strike in occupied Crimea overnight on June 6, destroying a Project 498 "Saturn" raiding tugboat, the agency said.

The agency's spokesperson, Andrii Yusov, reported on the vessel's destruction earlier the same day on national television.

The boat was destroyed in Panske Lake, which lies on Crimea's western shores, only a few kilometers from the coastal town of Chornomorske. Ukrainian naval drones operated by the military intelligence agency reportedly destroyed two other boats near Chornomorske overnight on May 30.

The agency published a video of the latest attack, which appears to capture several naval drones ramming into the Russian vessel.

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Purported footage of a Ukrainian strike against a Russian tugboat in occupied Crimea on June 6, 2024. (HUR/Telegram)

"Another enemy vessel was destroyed tonight in the Black Sea. The naval strike by special units of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR) was successful, resulting in 'minus one' enemy vessel," Yusov said on air on national television.

According to the spokesperson, the operation was possible thanks to a breakthrough in fortifications built by Russian forces.

The Crimean Wind Telegram channel reported explosions near Chornomorske overnight on June 6.

Ukraine has carried out a number of successful attacks against Russian targets in Crimea and its vicinity, heavily degrading the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

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Naval drones operated by Ukraine’s military intelligence (HUR) hit two Russian patrol boats, likely of the KS-701 Tunets model, in occupied Crimea overnight on May 30, a source in the agency told the Kyiv Independent.

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