The Ukrainian Special Operations Forces have divulged the intricate details of Ukraine’s operation targeting a Russian warship and submarine situated in the occupied territory of Crimea’s Sevastopol on September 13th, along with sharing a video depicting the aftermath of the strike. To commence the operation, the SOF received intelligence from multiple sources pinpointing the possible location of the large landing ship, Minsk, and the diesel-electric submarine, Rostov-on-Don, docked at a ship repair facility in Sevastopol.

Subsequently, SOF operatives undertook the tasks of target identification, fire guidance and adjustment, and reconnaissance within the confines of occupied Crimea. The SOF team embarked on a covert journey by boat to reach a secure location before stealthily making their way to the Russian-occupied peninsula via underwater means. Employing specialized technical reconnaissance equipment, they executed the crucial tasks of identification and targeting.

During the precise strike (utilizing British Storm Shadow and French Scalp missiles, as confirmed by Ukraine’s air force), the team diligently adjusted their fire and confirmed the successful elimination of the designated targets, after which they withdrew. The SOF emphasized that this information is being disclosed with a delay, considering operational security, to convey to the adversary that there are no sanctuaries left for them.

On the night of September 13th, Sevastopol’s Russian-installed occupation authorities reported a fire at a shipyard within a naval base, following a substantial missile assault conducted by Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The Russian Ministry of Defense asserted that their air defense system intercepted seven out of ten Ukrainian cruise missiles and all maritime kamikaze drones launched by Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Ukraine’s Air Force Commander, Mykola Oleshchuk, hinted at the use of British “Storm Shadow” and French “Scalp” missiles in the attack. British intelligence sources reported that, despite Russia downplaying the extent of the damage, the Minsk landing ship has likely been rendered nonfunctional, while the Rostov, one of Russia’s four submarines capable of carrying cruise missiles, probably sustained catastrophic damage.

Additionally, the open-source organization Oryx reported that Minsk was likely completely obliterated, rather than merely damaged.

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Ukraine’s special ops landed in Crimea to guide missile strike on Russian warships

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