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Ukrainian-made MAGURA V5 naval drone sinks Russian patrol ship Sergei Kotov

Ukrainian-made MAGURA V5 naval drone sinks Russian patrol ship Sergei Kotov

Ukrainian Navy drones belonging to the Defense Ministry's Main Directorate of Intelligence sank on Tuesday morning one of the Russian Black Sea Fleet's patrol ships in another blow to the Kremlin's naval power in the region, a HUR source revealed to Kyiv Post.

The explosives, controlled remotely by operators from HUR, hit the ship while it was on patrol in the Kerch Strait.

According to the source, Ukrainian Navy drones, specifically MAGURA V5s, were deployed during the operation. The source refused to reveal the exact number of drones used in the operation.

Reports from Krymsky Vetter [Crimean Wind] Telegram channel Hearing indicated Explosions near the coast of the occupied Crimean peninsula with smoke appearing in the sea.

Later, the Telegram channel published a video clip of the exact moment of the explosion.

The Russian company operating passenger trains heading to the Crimean Peninsula reported that several trains had stopped near the Crimean Peninsula [Kerch] Bridge due to traffic stopping on the bridge. The bridge was closed for more than eight hours.

In a series of strikes on the Russian fleet, Ukrainian drones sank the Cesar Kunikov, one of the heaviest warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet still afloat, on February 14.

At least three attack boats loaded with explosives and remotely controlled by operators from the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry (HUR), hit the heavy assault ship Cesar Kunikov when the ship was close to shore from the resort of Alupka in Crimea.

Ukrainian Navy drones, specifically MAGURA V5s, were deployed during that operation as well.

Developed in Ukraine, the MAGURA V5 unmanned vehicle (USV) features versatility in maritime operations, including surveillance, reconnaissance, patrol and combat missions.

With its hydrodynamic body and agile maneuverability, the V5 exudes near-hidden capabilities.

The yacht is 5.5 meters (18 ft) long and 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) wide, and has cruising speeds of 22 knots (40.7 kilometers per hour) and top speeds of 42 knots (77.8 kilometers per hour), with a range of approximately 833 kilometers (518 miles). ).

SpecialTechnoExport and its developers highlighted its affordability and unmanned control feature, which reduces human resource requirements and risks in challenging environments, at the International Defense Industry Exhibition in July 2023.

Kyiv Post Exclusive: HUR officially confirms that Ukrainian Navy drones sank Russian patrol ship Sergei Kotov

The shipwreck was confirmed overnight to the Kyiv Post and now on Telegram: