Russian Naval Ship Repels Missile Attack in Sevastopol, Governor Reports

On April 21, 2024, a Russian naval ship in Crimea successfully repelled a missile attack, but falling fragments caused a fire. This incident marks a notable victory for Ukraine, as Russia has lost a third of its Black Sea Fleet, prompting a redeployment of warships.

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Russian Naval Ship Repels Missile Attack in Sevastopol, Governor Reports

Russian Naval Ship Repels Missile Attack in Sevastopol, Governor Reports

On the morning of April 21, 2024, a Russian naval ship in Sevastopol, Crimea successfully repelled an anti-ship missile attack, according to Mikhail Razvozhaev, the Russian-appointed governor of Sevastopol. The missile was destroyed by the ship's crew, but falling fragments caused a small fire on the ship which was quickly extinguished. There were no reported casualties from the incident.

Razvozhaev urged residents to trust only official sources of information and not spread rumors. He described the targeted ship as the oldest in the Russian Navy, believed to be the 109-year-old salvage ship Kommuna. The Kommuna was reportedly being prepared for salvage operations of the Moskva, the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet flagship that was sunk by Ukrainian missiles in 2022.

The attack was followed by reports of explosions in occupied Sevastopol, and traffic was temporarily shut down across the Crimea Bridge connecting the occupied peninsula with mainland Russia. A Ukrainian Navy spokesman, Dmytro Pletenchuk, stated that similar incidents targeting Russian military infrastructure in occupied Crimea will be repeated in the future.

Why this matters: This incident marks a notable victory for Ukrainian forces, who have intensified their assaults on Russian Black Sea vessels in recent months. Russia has lost around one-third of its Black Sea Fleet in the war, reported, defense, ship, diminishing its naval capabilities in the region and prompting a redeployment of warships to less vulnerable ports.

Razvozhaev acknowledged the ship, attack, stating, "The crew of the ship repelled the attack of an anti-ship missile. The missile was destroyed, but the falling fragments caused a small fire on the ship, which was quickly extinguished." Experts suggest that Russia will likely prepare a response to this attack against Crimea within the next 72 hours, which could result in large-scale destruction of military facilities in Ukraine. NATO intelligence aircraft were also monitoring the situation in Crimea and the Black Sea during the attack.

Key Takeaways

  • Russian ship in Crimea repelled anti-ship missile attack, no casualties
  • Targeted ship was 109-year-old salvage ship Kommuna, preparing to salvage Moskva
  • Explosions reported in occupied Sevastopol, Crimea Bridge traffic temporarily shut down
  • Ukraine intensifying attacks on Russian Black Sea vessels, Russia losing naval capabilities
  • Russia likely to respond with large-scale destruction of Ukrainian military facilities