Ukraine’s sneak attack succeeded, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is thick with smoke, and the new flagship may be bombed

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Since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet seems to have continued bad luck. Just a few days ago, the Black Sea Fleet was suspected to be hit hard again, and the new flagship may have suffered a violent explosion. Behind this, there may be the intervention and support of U.S. drones.

According to a report from the World Wide Web quoted Sky News on October 29, around 4:30 a.m. local time on the 29th, several violent explosions occurred in the port of Sevastopol, a major military town in Crimea. A number of live photos and video clips showed a large amount of smoke rising over a port, and there were apparently more than one fire point. Grasenko, head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, said that Ukraine confirmed that at least four Russian warships in the port had unexplained explosions, including at least one frigate and a large landing ship. There are further news from local netizens that the frigate that exploded was nothing else, it was the Admiral Makarov, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, which replaced the sunk Moscow in May this year.

Ukraine said the explosion was not an “attack”, but an accident caused by Russia itself. But Razvozayev, the city’s mayor appointed by Moscow, said that the Ukrainian army launched an hours-long drone attack on the area that day, leading to a state of alert in the area. In addition, he claimed that all Ukrainian drones were shot down by the Russian air defense system without causing any damage, but some netizens said that at least one student dormitory in the area was affected by the explosion, and many windows were broken. casualties. It is worth mentioning that the regional government also called on the public to “remain silent” to prevent the Ukrainian side from spying on the deployment of the Russian air defense system.

Some netizens said that he had witnessed a Russian Mi-24 helicopter fighting with a drone that day, which seemed to mean that the explosion at the port was likely a “masterpiece” of the Ukrainian drone attack. If combined with the large-scale “drone offensive” launched by the Russian army before, it seems to be speculated that this attack may be one of the retaliatory actions of the Ukrainian army – after all, Ukraine does have the ability to do so.

It is worth mentioning that, according to public aviation intelligence, a few hours before the explosion at the port, an “uninvited guest” has been operating in the nearby airspace. It is the US military’s RQ-4B large reconnaissance drone. As soon as the U.S. drone came, the Russian port exploded? Reasonably, it is hard not to think of another possibility: the U.S. military is likely to have also participated in the Ukrainian attack on Russia, and provided real-time intelligence support to the Ukrainian side through drones.

So far, neither Moscow nor Kyiv authorities have made any positive response to the matter, and no media outlet has been able to verify the remarks. But if this is true, that is, the Admiral Makarov was really injured or even sank in the port, then this will pose a new heavy blow to the Russian army. The previous sinking of the Moscow has greatly damaged the vitality of the Black Sea Fleet, and the Admiral Makarov, the most advanced frigate in Russia, took over as the flagship, which stabilized the military heart of the Black Sea Fleet. If the ship is also lost, the Black Sea Fleet will be the first naval fleet in the world to “lose two flagships in one year” in decades. Under the tense situation of the southern Russian-Ukrainian front, no one dares to imagine how much this kind of thing will affect the morale of the Russian army.

Of course, this may indeed be a public opinion offensive by the Ukrainian side. In May of this year, the Admiral Makarov was mistakenly thought to be “hit by anti-ship missiles”, but it was later proved to be not true. But no matter what the real situation is, in order to stabilize morale and ensure the smooth progress of the Kherson defense, Moscow must try its best to prevent public opinion from developing in a direction unfavorable to Russia. Otherwise, in the next battle, the Ukrainian side may be more “like a duck to water”.