One of Russia’s ‘most modern ships’ target of Ukraine’s successful Storm Shadow strike on Kerch shipyard — UA Air Force

The moment of the strike on the factory in occupied Kerch, November 4, 2023
The moment of the strike on the factory in occupied Kerch, November 4, 2023

One of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s most modern ships, capable of carrying Russia’s Kalibr cruise missiles, was the target of the Nov. 4 strike in the Kerch shipyard, confirmed Ukrainian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk.

Ukrainian pilots targeted the Zaliv shipbuilding plant in Kerch with cruise missiles, his earlier report said, hinting that Storm Shadow cruise missiles were used in the attack.

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While cautioning to wait for official confirmation, Oleshchuk said that "one of the most modern ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet," a Kalibr cruise missile carrier, was at the shipyard at the time of the attack.

"Confirmed," he wrote early on Nov. 5.

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The Ukrainian Air Force successfully hit the Zaliv shipbuilding plant’s sea and port infrastructure, the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Strategic Communications Directorate reported on Nov. 4.

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged that a ship at the shipyard was damaged in the Ukrainian missile strike.

Locals claimed that a Project 22800 small missile carrier corvette may have been damaged in the attack, while the Krymsky Veter  (Crimean Wind) Telegram channel reported that the Russian 2021 small cruise missile carrier Askold was damaged.

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