Russian navy ship capsizes after Ukraine launches audacious drone attack on port

A Russian warship has been destroyed after a Ukrainian drone strike at a navy base in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian sea drones attacked the Russian base near the port of Novorossiysk overnight and at least one of the fleet capsized.

The attack prompted the Novorossiysk port to temporarily halt all ship movement, according to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium which operates an oil terminal there.

Russian social media users reported hearing explosions and gunfire near Novorossiysk on Friday morning.

The drones used in the strike were later destroyed by the Russian warships, Russia’s defence ministry said.

It would mark the first Ukrainian attack on one of Russia’s main commercial ports.

Novorossiysk lies to the south of Ukraine on the west coast of Russia, around 90 miles from Krasnodar, and is a major hub for Russian exports.

A Ukrainian war vlogger said on Telegram this morning: ‘One of the ships of the Russian Federation was shot down during a drone attack on Novorossiysk.

‘He lay down on his side, and now he is being dragged to the shore.’

Emergency services in Novorossiysk confirmed the reports of blasts and security services have been informed, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. 

The port is one of the biggest in the Black Sea.

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