"U.S. UAVs supported Ukrainian ships to launch QS operation against the Black Sea Fleet" - Russian military accused

Sputnik quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that it is likely that the US UAVs helped the Ukrainian Navy attack the Black Sea Fleet ships during a QS operation a few hours ago.

"U.S. UAVs supported Ukrainian ships to launch QS operation against the Black Sea Fleet" - Russian military accused

During a press conference a few hours ago, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet were attacked while evacuating a group of 82 Ukrainian border guards at Zmiinyi (Snake Island) off the coast of Odessa. on the evening of 2/25 local time.

According to Konashenkov, 16 gunboats of the Ukrainian Navy, using the "swarm" tactic, tried to attack the Russian warship, and said some ships tried to avoid fire by hiding behind civilian ships the.

Location of Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island) on the area map.
Location of Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island) on the area map.

A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said that six out of 16 Ukrainian ships were destroyed - and "pay special attention" to the following details:

"I would like to draw special attention to the fact that during the attack of the Ukrainian ships, US RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were prowling the area."

"It is possible that it was the US drones that directed the Ukrainian ships at the ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet" Konashenkov argued.

Hours ago, the Pentagon denied US involvement in the attack.

Illustration (Source: Sputnik).
Illustration (Source: Sputnik).

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