Russian submarine hit in Ukraine attack shows brutal damage: naval expert | ET REALITY


  • Ukraine’s attack on the Sevastopol shipyard last week left a Russian submarine in disrepair.
  • The British Ministry of Defense recently said the ship “likely suffered catastrophic damage.”
  • New photos leaked on social media indicate the submarine may be beyond repair, a naval expert says.

New photographs of what is said to be a Russian submarine targeted by a Ukrainian missile attack show severe and widespread damage to its exterior and possibly its interior. A naval expert and former submariner says the damage could leave the ship beyond repair.

Last week, Ukrainian forces carried out a series of Cruise missile attacks on a shipyard in the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, located in the southwestern corner of occupied Crimea and which is the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF). The attack damaged two vessels, including the Kilo-class attack submarine Rostov-on-Don, and was the last in a chain of attacks on the peninsula, which kyiv has promised to liberate from Moscow.

Satellite images obtained by Insider after the attack showed clear damage to the shipyard and the two ships, although the extent of the destruction was not immediately clear.

But new photographs purportedly of the submarine, which circulated on social media on Monday, appear to show the attack submarine in poor condition. The images, which Insider could not independently verify, were obtained by the Conflict Intelligence Team, an open source intelligence operation, and shared by other OSINT platforms, such as Oryx, which maintains a database of losses of both Russian and Ukrainian equipment and weapons.

Bryan Clark, a former U.S. Navy submarine officer and defense expert at the Hudson Institute, said the alleged damage appears “severe enough to make the submarine a total loss.” According to Oryx websitewhich keeps a tally of Russian ships captured by Ukraine, the Rostov-on-Don is recorded as Moscow’s first submarine loss in the ongoing war.

“If the hole in the side of the waterline is accurately depicted, the flooding that would have resulted should have made saving the ship very difficult and likely would have damaged much of the equipment inside,” Clark told Insider in a email. “It also appears that the explosion pushed the hull outward rather than inward.”

“This could be the result of a sympathetic explosion within the ship,” he added, “suggesting significant damage to the interior of the hull. There is also some less significant damage to the superstructure, which would be repairable if the ship could be salvaged.”

Clark’s analysis follows a similar assessment by Britain’s Ministry of Defense, which wrote in a Friday intelligence update that the submarine “likely suffered catastrophic damage” and that any effort to eventually return the vessel to service could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The loss of the Rostov eliminates one of the BSF’s four cruise missile-capable submarines that have played an important role in the attack on Ukraine and in the projection of Russian power across the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean,” said the British Ministry of Defense. It also released satellite images showing the damaged Sevastopol shipyard, with a zoomed-in view of the submarine.

Satellite images show damage at the Sevastopol shipyard on Wednesday.

Satellite images show damage at the Sevastopol shipyard on Wednesday.

UK Ministry of Defense/Screenshot via Twitter

The Ukrainian air force fired 10 cruise missiles, which observers speculated were Western-made Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG. long range cruise missiles – in the pre-dawn attack on the Sevastopol shipyard on Wednesday, and although the Russian Defense Ministry said its air defense systems managed to shoot down seven of the missiles, those that managed to get through managed to cause extensive damage to the facility.

In addition to the Rostov-on-Don, which was undergoing repairs at the time of the attack, the Minsk landing ship was also damaged. Britain’s Ministry of Defense cited open source evidence in suggesting that the Minsk had “almost certainly been functionally destroyed.” There have been a limited number of close-up images and videos showing the damage circulating on social media.

The attack followed several other high-profile Ukrainian operations against strategic Russian targets in and around Crimea in recent weeks, including the destruction of prized air defense systemsmarine drone attacks on a key bridgea bold and symbolic amphibious raidand the capture of oil drilling platforms seized by Russia years ago and used for “military purposes,” according to kyiv.

A retired US Army general told Insider that these operations are all part of Ukraine’s long pressure campaign to turn Crimea into indefensible and ultimately unsustainable for the Russian occupying forces, which is just one aspect of kyiv’s multi-domain policy. counteroffensive. Experts say the attacks also reflect kyiv’s efforts to pry strategic naval base and Sevastopol shipyard from Russian control, dealing a severe blow to key facilities for Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet and its maritime operations and logistics.

Western intelligence seemed to agree that damage to Russian capabilities could have a lasting effect.

“There is a realistic possibility that the complex task of removing the remains from the dry docks will put them out of use for many months,” the British Ministry of Defense said. “This would present the BSF with a major challenge in maintaining fleet maintenance.”

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