Ukraine, photos appear: what Putin’s supersubmarine looks like

“It appears that the repairs (which the Russian Defense Ministry said are possible) will not help much.” Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian government and former Kiev deputy interior minister, published on social media what he claims are photos of the Russian Kilo-class submarine “Rostov”, the jewel of the Black Sea Fleet, heavily damaged in an attack on the port of Sevastopol, Crimea. The stricken submarine can be seen on the side of the hull and on the bow. An amphibious assault ship was also hit in the Ukrainian attack.

According to several analysts, “the Ukrainians would have used Western cruise missiles (Shadow Storm or the French version Scalp) launched from aircraft”, explains Il Corriere, which sees two keys to the operation: “Kiev’s ability to hit targets from long range in – in theory – protected installations”, and “the ongoing challenge to Moscow’s strategic supremacy in the Black Sea is increasingly accentuated”. The vessel was at the construction site and now, if the photos are true, it seems unlikely that can navigate the seas in the short term.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian pressure continues on the peninsula in the hands of Moscow. Russian authorities announced the destruction of three Ukrainian drones in southwestern Crimea, preventing them from causing casualties and damage. “On September 17, at around 8:30 p.m., an attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack using unmanned aerial vehicles targeting Russian territory was disrupted. Two Ukrainian drones in the southwest were destroyed, over the skies of the Crimean peninsula “, wrote the Russian Defense Ministry on Telegram. An hour later, the peninsula’s defenses shot down another drone in the same region.

Source: IL Tempo