Copyright © 2021 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Satellite images show Russian missile ship damaged by Ukrainian airstrike in occupied Crimea

In the Planet Labs images from 5 November, the damage at the Kerch shipyard is visible, as well as a Russian military vessel that appears to be damaged.
Satellite image shows Russian missile ship damaged by Ukrainian airstrike in occupied Crimea. Photo: Radio Free Europe and Toronto Television
Satellite images show Russian missile ship damaged by Ukrainian airstrike in occupied Crimea

The images from Planet Labs were obtained by the editorial team of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s ‘Schemes’ project. In the photos, the damage inflicted by the Ukrainian airstrike on the shipyard in occupied Kerch is evident, as well as the Russian military vessel Askold, capable of carrying Kalibr missiles. 

“I think this ship was already docked at the pier and was being repaired because it was supposed to be launched in December. It is still afloat, but the upper part of the vessel is visibly damaged,” captain first rank of the Ukrainian naval reserve Andriy Ryzhenko said in a comment to ‘Schemes’ after analyzing the satellite image.

According to Ryzhenko, the neutralization of the Askold is of great importance for Ukraine’s security.

Satellite image shows the damage at the Kerch shipyard. Photo: Photo: Radio Free Europe and Toronto Television

On 4 November, Ukraine launched a series of strikes on a shipyard in occupied Crimea’s Kerch, reportedly with French SCALP missiles.

According to the Stratcom of Ukraine’s Army, successful strikes were carried out on a shipyard in Kerch, a city in immediate proximity to the Crimea bridge connecting the occupied peninsula to mainland Russia.

The Stratcom said that the strikes were aimed at the maritime and port infrastructure of the Zaliv shipyard.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the strike on this shipyard, claiming that 13 of 15 cruise missiles were shot down, and stated that one cruise missile damaged a ship that was docked there.

The Askold is a small missile ship of the Russian Navy. It was commissioned in 2021. The Askold has a displacement of about 870 tons, a length of 67 meters, and a top speed estimated at 30 knots. The ship’s armament includes an artillery mount, air defense systems, eight Kalibr anti-ship missile launchers, and its own Pantsir air defense system. It has a crew of around 39 sailors.

 
Askold Russian warship
The Russian missile ship Askold. File photo

On 4 November, explosions were reported not only in Kerch; a smoke screen was also observed in Sevastopol Bay.

Read more:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Related Posts