For the first time, Ukraine has jeopardised maritime oil exports from Russia: what will the attack on the port of Novorossiysk lead to
For the first time, Ukraine has attacked Russia's oil export infrastructure, which helps finance Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. A drone strike on a Russian warship near the port of Novorossiysk threatens Russian exports.
This was reported by the Financial Times. According to two Ukrainian sources with knowledge of the operation, Ukraine's security services, in cooperation with the navy, carried out the strikes from naval drones outside the port. Novorossiysk is a major naval base and oil export port.
"As a result of a drone attack in Novorossiysk Bay, a large landing ship Olenegorsk Miner was damaged," Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the military administration of the Ukrainian port of Odesa, said on social media. Andriy Yusov, a Ukrainian military intelligence officer, said the port was a legitimate military target as it is a refuelling base for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Moscow has resumed a full naval blockade of Ukrainian ports after pulling out of a UN-brokered grain export deal. The US has led efforts to keep Russian oil on the market to stop global prices from rising and damaging the global economy, and President Joe Biden's administration wants pump prices to remain stable ahead of next year's presidential election.
Novorossiysk is Russia's main oil port on the Black Sea, exporting around 600,000 barrels per day. It is also the main point of oil exports from Kazakhstan, where the Caspian Pipeline Consortium's 1.2 million barrels per day pipeline ends.
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