The Russian Ministry of Defense says it was able to decipher the trajectory of the marine drones used against its fleet in Sevastopol. According to this source, the attack was launched from Odessa taking advantage of the maritime corridor dedicated to the transport of grain.
Russian Defense said in a statement on October 30 that it had determined the mode of attack used the day before, according to it, by kyiv with the help of the United Kingdom against its military fleet in Sevastopol.
She thus specifies having come to the surface and analyzed “debris of the marine drones used by the kyiv regime under the direction of representatives of the United Kingdom”, in particular their “navigation modules”, of Canadian manufacture.
“After reconstructing the information read from the memory of the navigation receiver, it was established that the marine drones had been launched from the coast near the city of Odessa,” the statement further details. These drones would then have moved “along the security zone of the ‘grain corridor'”. “Then they changed course towards the Russian naval base in Sevastopol”, finally specifies the text.
Other information extracted from one of the drones would also indicate a “launch point in the maritime waters of the security zone of the “grain corridor” in the Black Sea”. According to Moscow, this could therefore indicate that this drone was launched from “one of the civilian ships chartered by kyiv or its Western sponsors to export agricultural products from Ukrainian seaports”.
The end of the grain export agreement?
The agreement, concluded in July under the aegis of the UN and which until then allowed kyiv to export its cereals from the Black Sea, was suspended following the attack launched on October 29 on Sevastopol. The latter was described by the Governor of Sevastopol as “the most massive drone and remotely piloted surface vehicles on the waters of Sevastopol Bay” since the start of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine. According to Russian authorities, the attack caused “minor damage” to a minesweeper vessel and to the containment dam in Sevastopol Bay. The Russian Defense accused the “kyiv regime” of being behind the attack with the “participation of British experts”. It was specified that “nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous maritime drones” had been used.
This suspension of the agreement was denounced by Joe Biden, who deemed this action “scandalous”. The European Union, via its head of diplomacy Josep Borrell, urged Russia to “reverse its decision”.
Reacting to accusations of its participation in the attack, the British Defense meanwhile denounced a “story invented” by Russia to “divert attention from its disastrous management of the illegal invasion of Ukraine”.