Ukrainian drones take out two Russian Raptor boats in the Black Sea near Snake Island where the Moskva was sunk
- Dramatic footage appears to show a Russian Raptor boat decimated by a Kyiv drone
- The Raptor patrol boat was surveying the north-west Black Sea close to Snake Island
- A second Russian fast-attack craft was wrecked nearby this morning: the Kyiv army
- The Turkish-made drone is the same model used to sink Putin’s flagship the Moskva
- Ukrainian navy crew famously told the Moskva at Snake Island: ‘Go f*** yourself’
This is the incredible moment a Ukrainian drone decimates a Russian patrol boat in the Black Sea. Video recorded by the Bayraktar drone high above Snake Island this morning shows the unmanned vehicle wrecking the Raptor attack craft below.
It is one of two Russian patrol vessels destroyed this morning, the Ukrainian navy said. Chief of General Staff Valeriy Zaluzhniy wrote on Facebook: ‘Two Russian Raptor-class boats were destroyed at dawn today near Zmiinyi (Snake) Island.’
The drone’s display proves the annihilation took place this morning, military expert Rob Lee tweeted.
The Russian Raptor patrol boat was annihilated by Ukrainian artillery fire
Mr Zaluzhniy added: ‘Bayraktars are working. Together to victory!’
Moscow did not respond to the reports.
The Turkish-made drone is the same model used in the audacious destruction of the Russian flagship the Moskva last month.
A Ukrainian naval crew famously told the Moskva as they were urged to surrender near Snake Island: ‘Russian warship, go f*** yourself.’
Another video released by the Armed Forces of Ukraine shows the Turkish-made drone taking off
The Raptor boats were reportedly being used to evacuate Russian military personnel from notorious island to replace them with new troops. The strikes came ‘as the enemy tried to carry out the evacuation and replenishment of personnel’, said Ukraine’s Operational Command South.
Andrey Simonov became the ninth Russian general killed during the invasion of Ukraine
Project 03160 Raptor high-speed boats are designed for patrolling, search and rescue operations, and landing operations at a maximum distance of up to 100 miles from the base.
The Ukrainian army enthused by the defense of Kyiv and large-scale Russian withdrawals to the east has reportedly stepped up its attacks on Russian land.
Army warehouses in border town Belgorod were aflame overnight days after checkpoints in the Kursk region were targeted by Ukrainian drones.
And a ninth Russian general was reportedly killed in a Ukrainian artillery strike on an occupied outpost near Kharkiv.
Andrey Simonov, 55, was thought to be Russia’s leading electronic warfare expert.