Military sources have revealed that Storm Shadow cruise missiles from the UK were used in the assault on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in occupied Crimea.
“It was Storm Shadow,” one of the sources told Sky News.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence is yet to make a comment.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, a series of explosions and raging flames illuminated the shipyard, as captured in striking images circulating on social media.
According to military sources, the facility faced a barrage of 10 cruise missiles, unleashed by Russia. However, their claim of shooting down seven missiles through robust air defenses stands disputed. In a valiant effort, three unmanned boats attempted an attack but were ultimately thwarted.
While Ukraine has officially acknowledged striking Russian naval targets and port infrastructure in Sevastopol, a city annexed by Russia in 2014, they have chosen to remain tight-lipped about the precise methods employed.
Earlier this year, the United Kingdom bolstered Ukraine’s armed forces by providing them with the advanced Storm Shadow missiles.
These formidable weapons, capable of being launched from Ukrainian aircraft, boast an impressive range exceeding 150 miles. France has also contributed to Ukraine’s military capabilities by supplying them with their own cache of cruise missiles.
This audacious assault marks a significant milestone, as it is the first documented successful strike against a Russian submarine during the ongoing conflict.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Sevastopol, appointed by Moscow, released a statement via Telegram, revealing that at least 24 individuals suffered injuries as a result of the attack.
Located in Crimea, a region that Russia controversially annexed from Ukraine in 2014, the shipyard holds strategic importance as it serves as a vital hub for constructing and repairing ships and submarines for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.