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Fri May 26, 2023, 12:26 AM

25 May: Dead on Target! Russian intelligence ship suffers an explosion - Reporting from Ukraine

Day 456: May 25

First of all, today, Ukrainians published a video of how they attacked the Russian intelligence ship Ivan Khurs with marine kamikaze drones. The attack happened yesterday, and the first videos were published by the Russian Ministry of defense. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that Ukrainians attacked the ship with 3 uncrewed surface vessels and that all of them were destroyed, although the published video only showed the destruction of 1 drone. Later Russian sources published a photo allegedly of the return of the intact ship to Sevastopol.

Today Ukrainians published footage of one drone actually hitting the intelligence ship, which put the Russian Ministry of Defense and all Russian sources in a very inconvenient position. It looks like Ukrainians delayed the release of the footage on purpose to further discredit the Russian Ministry of Defense for reporting false information, as not all drones were neutralized, and at least one actually hit the target. Moreover, the arriving in Sevastopol ship is not the same and is actually a mine sweeper Aleksandrit. The fate of the intelligence ship is yet unknown, but even if Ukrainians failed to sink it, they still killed at least one bird by conducting a successful information operation.

Today at night Ukrainians also conducted a drone strike on the Russian military objects in Crimea. Some Russian sources reported that Ukrainians launched up to 16 drones. Later, Russian sources reported neutralizing seven drones. In the meantime, local residents reported seeing an explosion in a warehouse near Dzhankoi, which later caught on fire. The goal of the drone attack once again seems to be undermining Russian capabilities to supply the Kherson group because there are a lot of important railway connections and warehouses around Dzhankoi.

Less than an hour ago, Ukrainians conducted a massive Storm Shadow missile strike on Berdyansk. This is the second strike over the last 3 days, and if previously Ukrainians hit military facilities on the airfield, then today, at least 4 explosions reportedly happened in the harbor. Judging by the footage, Ukrainians managed to destroy at least 1 ammunition depot.

A series of explosions were also reported in the main centers on the Zaporizhia front, namely in Vasylivka, Tokmak, and Melitopol. Local residents published footage of smoke near the Melitopol airfield. Later, it was confirmed that the Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down a Russian fighter jet near Melitopol and also struck at least two command centers in Vasylivka and Tokmak.

Explosions were also reported on the territory of the Russian Federation. Local residents managed to catch on camera how the Russian air defense shot down an object in the vicinity of an airfield in the Rostov region. Some sources claimed that it was a Ukrainian drone attack, while other sources speculated that it could have been a drill.

In anticipation that the next Ukrainian strike might as well target the Crimean Bridge, Russian forces closed the bridge and conducted military exercises under cover of a smokescreen. For now, it is unclear whether the official explanation is correct or whether Russians used the smokescreen to conceal something else.

Overall, after conducting up to a dozen missile strikes on Luhansk, as expected, Ukrainians gradually shifted their focus to the Zaporizhzhia direction. The main targets right now are the deep rear supply hubs, such as Berdyansk, even though Ukrainians are also hitting other targets closer to the contact line. Berdyansk not only connects Melitopol and Mariupol and is out of reach of HIMARS rockets, but it also receives a lot of supplied via the Azov Sea, which is why over the last year, Russians have created a lot of military warehouses that Ukrainians are now striking with Storm Shadow missiles almost every day.

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Reply 25 May: Dead on Target! Russian intelligence ship suffers an explosion - Reporting from Ukraine (Original post)
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2023, 01:26 AM

1. Seems like a slow death by 10,000 cuts for the Russians.

They are losing on the battlefield and in the court of public opinion. Worse, they are losing on the home front. Ukraine is in it for the long haul....are the Russian people? Doubtful...maybe 6 months and Putin will be gone.

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Fri May 26, 2023, 05:48 AM

2. I keep hoping for the demise of poot

I wouldn’t feel the least bit upset to hear that his head is perched upon a pike.

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