Attack on ships in Crimea: Moscow blames London and mentions Ottawa's involvement | War in Ukraine

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Ship attack in Crimea: Moscow blames London and cites Ottawa’s involvement | War in Ukraine

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Russian ships in the port of the city of Sevastopol, annexed by Russia in 2014.

< p class="e-p">Some of the air and sea drones allegedly used to attack the Russian fleet in Sevastopol Bay on Saturday were believed to have been equipped with Canadian navigation systems, according to Moscow. Canadian Defense refuses to comment on what the West considers Russian propaganda.

On Saturday morning at around 4:20 a.m. local time, residents of Sevastopol in the south -western Crimea, were awakened by explosions whose magnitude remains uncertain for the moment.

While Russia claims that a minesweeper (the Ivan Golubets) suffered minor damage, analyzes and videos circulating on social media suggest that the damage would be more serious than that announced by the Russian authorities. In addition, the Admiral Makarov frigate, a large ship in the Russian fleet, was also reportedly affected, but to a lesser extent.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the attack involved nine aerial drones and seven marine drones. Most were destroyed before hitting their target.

The ministry said in a press release that, according to its analysis, the drones were equipped with Canadian-made navigation modules and that they were launched from the coast near Odessa with the support from British military experts.

The Canadian Ministry of Defense would not comment on these allegations and referred to a web page where the full list of the equipment supplied by Canada to Ukraine. This includes in particular the provision of cameras for drones.

For its part, the British Defense reacted by denouncing false information intended to divert attention from [the] disastrous management [of the Russian authorities] in the illegal invasion of Ukraine. Russia on Saturday denounced “the involvement of British experts” in the attack on its ships.

Moscow also accused London of being involved in the September explosions that damaged Russia's Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea and promised to bring the matter to the UN Security Council. .

The Russian press release clarifies that one of the drones appeared to have been fired from the security corridor established this summer to promote the maritime transport of grain, which could indicate that this device was initially launched from a civilian ship chartered by kyiv or by its Western bosses.

In this context, Moscow claims that it can no longer ensure the safety of the grain vessels in the sector, thus justifying its decision to withdraw from the Istanbul agreement signed last July to unblock Ukrainian wheat and corn exports.

kyiv denies being at the origin of this attack and affirms on the contrary that Moscow could be at the origin of this action which serves as a pretext for withdrawing from the agreement on grain exports.

With information from Christian Noël, of Reuters and of AFP

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