The Russian Ministry of Defense announced an attack on the port of Sevastopol by unmanned aircraft. On the morning of October 29, nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven "autonomous marine unmanned devices" attacked Black Sea Fleet ships anchored in the city. Seven of the sixteen drones were destroyed. The marine minesweeper Ivan Golubets and a floating barrier experienced "minimal damage," according to the military ministry.
The government deemed the attack to be an act of terrorism. It is also claimed that the attack was carried out by fighters from the 73rd Special Naval Center of the Ukrainian navy, purportedly under the direction of "British specialists" stationed in the city of Ochakiv in the district of Mykolaiv.
In response to the incident, Russia stopped its participation in an agreement regarding the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea indefinitely. The Ministry of Defense defended the action by stating that warships and civilian vessels tasked with safeguarding the security of the "grain corridor" were impacted by the strike. Contrary to the initial agreement, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has often asserted that the protected exports did not reach the world's poorest nations.
Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, stated, "Moscow is using a false excuse to stop the grain corridor, which provides food security for millions of people."
Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev described today's drone attack on Russia as the largest of its kind since the beginning of the war. After the incident, Razvozhaev threatened Internet users who shared footage of similar incidents. According to him, the clips provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with information regarding Sevastopol's defense systems. "Special services will handle the specific clips that enable the enemy to discover the city's defense systems," he explained. He also stated that residents will no longer receive transmissions from the city's surveillance cameras.
Commenting on the events in Sevastopol, the Ukrainian army remembered recent comments made by Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations on "combat mosquitoes." Natalia Gumenyuk, chief of the press office for Ukraine's southern command, stated, "While there is no official proof, it is widely understood that dread of 'fighting insects' and the use of aggressive air defense systems against them could cause a backlash." Her remarks pertain to Vasily Nebenzya, Russia's permanent envoy to the United Nations, who stated yesterday that Moscow possessed knowledge of US-patent-protected drones capable of disseminating mosquitoes carrying harmful illnesses.
Additionally, one of the official Ukrainian Armed Forces Telegram accounts remarked on the events in Sevastopol. After the loss of the Moskva, Admiral Makarov became the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet. The post implied that the frigate had been damaged. "However, additional validation is required," it stated.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, British naval forces participated in the attack's planning. The ministry asserts that the United Kingdom was also involved in the September explosions at Nord Stream. According to the ministry, "representatives" of a British naval unit stationed in the Ukrainian city of Ochakiv "participated in planning, supplying, and executing a terrorist act on September 26 in the Baltic Sea to blow up the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines."
Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin attributed pipeline damage to "Anglo-Saxons." "It is evident to all who will benefit from this. Obviously, whomever benefited from it did it," Putin stated. He added that the incident could have been caused by someone who was "technically capable of generating such an explosion and who had before resorted to sabotage, been arrested, and gone unpunished." According to him, the beneficiaries are Poland and Ukraine (via whose territory Russia's remaining gas connections to Europe flow), as well as the United States, "which can now provide energy at premium prices."
The British Minister of Defense tweeted that his Russian colleague is "disseminating epically inaccurate falsehoods."