Russia's Black Sea Fleet In Ukraine's Occupied Crimea Is Hit By A Drone Strike

On Saturday, a drone reportedly crashed into Russia’s Black Sea fleet’s headquarters in occupied Crimea, Ukraine.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Sevastopol who was sent from Moscow, confirmed the hit via Telegram, saying that a drone had smashed through the roof.

To our knowledge, no one was hurt.

Before Russian forces were able to down the hit, Razvozhayev claimed the drone “flew through the roof” of the structure.

In a revised post on Twitter thirty minutes later, he claimed the drone had been destroyed by gunfire “over the fleet’s command center. The roof collapsed and a fire started.”

Black smoke was seen billowing from the structure in a video that was released online, however, it is still unknown if the drone was shot down or not.

Oleg Kryuchkov, a Russian official in Crimea, also used Telegram to tell locals to “stay calm” despite “continued strikes by small drones” in the area.

The aim is “not military but psychological,” he clarified. The explosives are small and unlikely to cause serious damage.

Reuters reported this week that Western officials estimated that half of the fleet’s naval combat planes are out of operation due to damage sustained by the ships over the past few months in Crimea.

Earlier this month, multiple explosions were reported at the Novofedorivka airstrip, located about 60 miles north of Sevastopol on Crimea’s western coastline.

Russia tried to downplay the blasts by saying the munitions had inadvertently detonated at the airstrip, but at least nine jets were lost.

Still, footage of the incident might indicate a missile attack.

The unnamed Western official told Reuters that Ukraine was seeing “kinetic impacts” beyond Russian lines, which was having a “major psychological effect on the Russian leadership.”

On Saturday, the British Ministry of Defense concluded that neither Ukraine nor Russia made significant progress this week and that more progress is not expected in the coming weeks.

Russian forces “are probably only prepared to execute limited local attacks, rarely involving more than a company of troops,” the ministry stated in its daily briefing. If one side can muster a credible and committed army for offensive operations in the next months, they will gain the upper hand.