Ukraine has released a video claiming to have destroyed the large Russian Serna-type ship in an airstrike. In the chilling black and white footage, human figures can be seen moving around the ship moments before it was engulfed in flames. Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko later said, “Enemy units remaining on Snake Island remain without air cover and will be destroyed and burned like cockroaches or locusts.”
The attack comes just days after Russia lost two Raptor fast-attack craft just off Snake Island to a devastating Ukrainian drone attack, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said.
Russia has suffered major equipment losses since the war began on February 24, with several videos showing both tanks and helicopters destroyed in successful drone strikes.
New footage shared by the Ukrainian Defense Forces now suggests that Moscow suffered further losses in the Black Sea after another drone attack.
Footage shared on the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff Facebook page appeared to show two Russian Raptor fast attack craft being blown to bits off Snake Island.
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One of the two boats can be seen sailing as Ukrainian forces target it from a monitor distance.
Footage a second later shows a massive conflagration destroying the first ship, with video later switching to video of an unmanned drone.
Chief of General Staff Valeriy Zaluzhniy said the boats were destroyed by dawn.
He wrote on Facebook: “Two Russian Raptor-class boats were destroyed at dawn today near Zmiinyi (Serpent) Island.”
A flyover over St. Basil’s Cathedral will include supersonic fighters, Tu-160 strategic bombers and, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 “doomsday” command plane, which would ferry Russian top brass to case of nuclear war, the Ministry of Defense said.
In this scenario, the Il-80 is designed to become the Russian President’s roving command center. It’s packed with technology, but the specific details are Russian state secrets.
The 69-year-old Kremlin chief has repeatedly compared the war in Ukraine to the challenge the Soviet Union faced during Adolf Hitler’s Nazi invasion in 1941.
“The attempt to appease the aggressor on the eve of the Great Patriotic War turned out to be a mistake that cost our people dearly,” Putin said February 24, announcing what he called a military operation. special in Ukraine.
“We will not make such a mistake a second time, we have no right.”