In a significant strike, Ukraine’s use of British long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles caused unprecedented damage to a Russian kilo-class submarine. Revealed photos showcased severe exterior and likely interior damage to the submarine, which many believe will keep it out of commission for years. This attack, among others, signifies Ukraine’s strategic advancements in targeting Russian naval assets. The extent of damage implies the submarine may be beyond repair, marking a major setback for the Russian Navy.
- Ukraine successfully attacked a Russian naval facility in Crimea, damaging two warships using British long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles.
- The Russian submarine, Project 636.3 Rostov-on-Don (B-237), sustained significant damage, with photos revealing a massive hole caused by a direct hit.
- Experts believe that the extensive damage to the submarine suggests it may need to be completely written off or rebuilt using any salvageable parts.
- This incident is the first submarine loss for the Russian Navy and follows the sinking of the Russian cruiser Moskva last year by a Ukrainian missile.
- The attacks are part of a larger strategy by Ukraine to disrupt Russian naval capabilities, with Sevastopol, the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, being a primary target.