The ministry has mentioned Ukraine attacked the Black Sea Fleet close to Sevastopol with 16 drones early on Saturday, and that British navy “specialists” had helped coordinate what it referred to as a terrorist assault, a declare Britain has denied.
Russia mentioned it had repelled the assault however that the ships focused had been concerned in making certain the grain hall out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
Ukrainian officers have urged that Russia itself might have been answerable for the explosions, which it has used as a pretext to drag out of a United Nations-brokered grain deal, a transfer that undermines efforts to ease a world meals disaster.
Reuters was not instantly in a position to confirm both facet’s claims.
“In response to the outcomes of the data recovered from the navigation receiver’s reminiscence, it was established that the launch of maritime drones was carried out from the coast close to town of Odesa,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned the drones had moved alongside the “grain hall” safety zone, earlier than altering course to go for Russia’s naval base in Sevastopol, the biggest metropolis on the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The ministry mentioned one of many maritime drones appeared to have began from inside the safety zone of grain hall itself.
“This may increasingly point out the preliminary launch of this gadget from aboard one of many civilian vessels chartered by Kyiv or its Western patrons for the export of agricultural merchandise from the seaports of Ukraine,” the defence ministry mentioned.