The two naval vessels which were damaged by a Ukrainian missile attack on a Sevastopol shipyard in the early hours of Wednesday, will be fully restored, the Russian Defense Ministry said on its Telegram channel.
The ministry did not name the vessels, but said that the ships that were undergoing scheduled repairs at the shipyard, “will be fully restored and will continue their combat service as part of their fleets.”
Remember: A prominent Russian military blogger had said that the attack on the Sevastopol shipyard overnight was carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force, which launched 10 Storm Shadow cruise missiles at the facility.
The blogger, Rybar, said the missiles were launched from Su-24M aircraft over the Black Sea. Rybar said air defenses, including a Pantsir-S1, had brought down seven missiles, but added that “unfortunately, three Storm Shadow missiles reached their target: the landing ship Minsk and the submarine Rostov-on-Don, which were in dry dock, received varying degrees of damage.”
The Rostov-on-Don is a relatively modern Kilo-class submarine capable of carrying Kalibr cruise missiles. CNN could not independently verify the extent of damage done to any vessel.
“After a long break, cruise missile attacks on Crimea have resumed,” Rybar said. “With a very high degree of probability, raids will continue in the coming days (and not only in Sevastopol)
CNN’s Tim Lister, Josh Pennington and Christian Edwards contributed reporting to this post.