Ukrainian strike on Russian speedboat in Crimea: Satellite images show damage

The site of the attack on the Russian boat Mangust in Crimea, May 6, 2014
The site of the attack on the Russian boat Mangust in Crimea, May 6, 2014

The site of the Ukrainian intelligence strike on a Russian speedboat in Crimea was found on satellite images, Radio Liberty’s Skhemy project reported on Telegram on May 6.

Skhemy identified the location of the attack on the boat and published Planet Labs satellite images, which show the place of the hit and the damaged pier where the enemy boat was moored.

"The Mangust series speedboat was supposed to be a high-speed boat, but now it has become a real estate, it is at the bottom," Andriy Yusov, a representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence, said on national television.

Ukraine’s intel can confirm not only the damage, but also the destruction of the Mangust 12150.

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"This is a fairly new development of the occupiers," the HUR representative said.

“There are not so many of them in the Black Sea area. And today there is minus one, that's for sure.”

The boat was reportedly destroyed along with weapons and ammunition.

"This is a really successful operation. The cost (of the boat – ed.) is more than 120 million rubles ($1.3 million), depending on the equipment and modification," Yusov said.

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Attack on the Mangust Project boat in Crimea

Sources in the Ukrainian intelligence community told NV that overnight on May 5- 6, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence (HUR) hit a Russian speedboat near the Narrow Bay in Crimea. Later, the HUR officially confirmed this information and said that the Russian speedboat was successfully hit by a Magura V5 maritime attack drone from the intelligence’s Group 13 unit.

In April, the then Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk said that the Russian Black Sea Fleet had lost a third of its ships since the start of the full-scale invasion.

Read also: Russia claims ATACMS strikes on occupied Crimea

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported in a summary as of May 6 that the aggressor state had lost 26 warships and military boats and one submarine.

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