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Intel chief: Ukraine used six Magura V5 surface drones to sink Russia’s Ivanovets missile corvette

Ukraine used six Magura V5 maritime suicide drones to sink the Russian Navy’s Ivanovets missile corvette, per Ukraine’s intelligence chief. Each of these drones is capable of carrying 320 kg of explosives.

Lt-Gen Kyrylo Budanov, the Ukrainian military intelligence commander, told War Zone that Ukraine used six Maritime Autonomous Guard Unmanned Robotic Apparatuses (MAGURA V5) uncrewed surface vessels in a complex attack on the Russian Navy’s Ivanovets corvette near the western coast of occupied Crimea overnight into 1 February.

With Ukraine’s Navy virtually non-existent, Ukraine employs missiles and the newly-created fleet of various maritime suicide drones to counter Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea. These tactics led to the destruction or severe damage to at least 17 vessels of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, including the sinking of the Moskva, the Fleet’s flagship, early in the all-out war.

The MAGURA V5 is a versatile Ukrainian unmanned surface vessel designed for a wide array of tasks including surveillance, reconnaissance, patrolling, search and rescue, mine countermeasures, maritime security, and combat suicide missions. The 5.5-meter-long maritime drone boasts an operational range of up to 400 km and can carry a payload of up to 320 kg.

The footage shared yesterday by the Main Directorate of Intelligence showed several surface drone strikes on the Russian naval vessel, resulting in what appeared to be a massive ammunition detonation aboard the ship and its subsequent sinking stern-first with the bow protruding from the water.

“In the course of special (active) measures in the period from 31 January to 1 February, the department planned and carried out the destruction of the Ivanovets on the raid of Lake Donuzlav,” Budanov told War Zone.

The Ukrainian intelligence chief added:

“During the destruction of the specified ship, six direct hits by naval drones were made to the hull of the ship. As a result of the damage, the ship rolled astern and sank. According to preliminary data, the search and rescue operation conducted by the enemy was not successful.”

In December 2023, the UK Defense Secretary stated that 20% of Russia’s Black Sea fleet had been destroyed by Ukraine over four previous months.

What Russian Black Sea Fleet ships were destroyed by Ukraine

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