A Ukrainian drone appears to have damaged a Russian warship in an attack on a navy base

Russia said Friday that Ukraine had attacked the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk using naval drones, with the Olenegorsky Gornyak warship apparently damaged.

Russia announced Friday that sea-drones were used by Ukraine to attack one of its main naval bases.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that it had thwarted an overnight attack on Novorossiysk in the Black Sea. However, the fate of one its warships appeared to be in doubt as they seemed to have been damaged.

The defense ministry released a statement early on Friday stating that two unmanned sea-drones attacked the naval base located in southern Russia overnight. The ministry reported that ships guarding the outer border of the base destroyed the drones.

The report did not mention the damage or deaths caused by the incident. It blamed Ukraine’s military forces for it.

Kyiv did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack, as it does not usually comment on such incidents. Moscow typically blames Ukraine immediately for such incidents without providing any evidence.

The attack was widely reported on Ukrainian social media, which is the latest attempt by Ukraine to strike strategic targets in Russia.

Online videos showed a warship that looked like the “Olenegorsky Gornyak,” which was towed to the port where the Russian government claimed it had been attacked. NBC News confirmed that the video, filmed in Novorossiysk, was the same type of warship as “Olenegorsky Gornyak” using satellite imagery and ship tracking data.

Footage from what is purported to be a Ukrainian sea drone attacking a Russian ship at the harbor in Novorossiysk on Friday.

Video obtained by NBC News

Novorossiysk, a port city on the Black Sea located in Russia’s Krasnodar Region is close to Russian-occupied Crimea.

According to the website of the Russian defense ministry, this naval base is part of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. The ministry stated that it was founded in 1994 and served as a key outpost for border protection, military transportation, and border control before the conflict in Ukraine.

The Krasnodar Region Gov. Veniamin Kodratyev stated in a Telegram post that the alleged attack did not result in any casualties or damages.

Andrey Kravchenko (Mayor of Novorossiysk) mentioned two ships on Telegram. He said that the crews of the “Olenegorsky Gornyak”, and the “Suvorovets”, reacted immediately and helped avoid the effects of the attack.

He wrote: “Thank you to our warriors and protectors for protecting the Hero City!” without mentioning the damage done to the ships.

The oil terminal in question reported that the infrastructure and operations of its facility were not affected.

This incident is one of many drone attacks that have occurred in recent months in Russia, including three separate attacks in the Russian capital over the past two weeks.

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The Ukraine is currently engaged in a counteroffensive that is crucial to reclaim the occupied territory. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned, last week, that the war would gradually “return to the Russian territory — to its symbol centers and military base” in a process he described as “inevitable and fair.”

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday that three Ukrainian unmanned drones attempted to attack two Black Sea patrol ships, but their attempt was also foiled.

Kyiv is careful to not claim responsibility for Russian attacks, but Ukrainian officials send sarcastic messages in the aftermath.

Andriy Yurmak, the chief of Zelenskyy’s staff, posted a picture of a Ukrainian soldier piloting a drone to Telegram hours after Friday’s alleged drone strike. The caption read: “Good Ukrainian morning everyone.” Let everything you’ve planned fly.

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