The strike on Sevastopol caused hysteria among propagandists: ISW assessed the consequences of the attack
The Ukrainian Armed Forces' strike on temporarily occupied Sevastopol on September 13 expectedly caused hysteria among Russian propagandists. In particular, well-known Kremlin presenter Vladimir Solovyov became indignant and called for retaliatory attacks on Western facilities that produced the missiles used by Ukraine.
This was brought to the attention of analysts at the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW). At the same time, they noted that Solovyov's calls for an escalation of relations with the West were template rhetoric for his domestic audience, but did not reflect the Kremlin's real position on the issue.
Meanwhile, Russian "war correspondents" expressed concern that the Ukrainian strike portends a strengthening of the Ukrainian campaign to de-occupy Crimea.
Analysts noted that satellite images published on September 12 show one large landing ship Minsk (NATO codification Ropucha) and one submarine Rostov-on-Don (NATO codification Kilo) in dry dock. At the same time, satellite images published on September 13 show that a Ukrainian missile strike probably destroyed both ships.
"The apparent destruction of the two ships will likely put the dry dock out of commission until Russian forces can clear the debris, which could take considerable time. The extent of damage to Sevmorzavod's repair facilities outside the dry dock is unclear," ISW noted.
We will remind, on September 13, at least 7 powerful explosions were heard in occupied Sevastopol (Crimea). After them, smoke rose above the city. There are flights on the ship-repair plant of the occupants, a fire broke out there. This enterprise, located on the Ship side of Sevastopol, the plant is the main site for the construction and repair of ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.
The Russian Defense Ministry said ten cruise missiles hit a ship repair plant, of which seven were allegedly shot down by Russian air defense systems, and three uncrewed boats hit a detachment of Black Sea Fleet ships on a sea crossing, which were also defused. The Ukrainian army was blamed for the attack.
According to Russian media, preliminary, the attack left two people dead and 26 injured.
As reported OBOZREVATEL:
- on the evening of September 13, the media reported that there were not enough places for the wounded in Sevastopol, temporarily occupied by Russia, as a result of the Ukrainian Defense Forces' attack on the Ordzhonikidze shipyard. Sevastopol and Crimean structures said that the exact number of dead was unknown, but there were definitely "more than two".
- The Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Directorate of Intelligence reported that the Russian large landing ship Minsk and submarine Rostov-on-Don could not be restored after the Defense Forces attacked the Ordzhonikidze shipyard in Sevastopol. Importantly, the enemy submarine was carrying Kalibr missiles.
- Sky News reported that during a night attack on Sevastopol on September 13, Ukraine hit Russian Black Sea Fleet ships with British Storm Shadow cruise missiles. As a result, two Russian Black Sea Fleet ships were damaged.