Shocking video shows Ukrainian drone destroying 2 Russian patrol boats

AB model of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (assault unmanned aerial vehicle) in the sky on March 2, 2022 in Corlu, Turkey.Baykar Press Office/dia images via Getty Images

  • The 17-second video shows the moment drones hit two Russian Raptor fast attack craft.

  • Russian patrol boats were destroyed in the Black Sea near Snake Island, a strategic and symbolic place for Ukraine.

  • The drone used to sink Russian ships is known as the Turkish-built Bayraktar TB2.

Ukraine said on Monday its drones sank two Russian ships in the Black Sea near Snake Island, which the Russians captured on the day the war broke out on February 24.

“Two Russian Raptor boats were destroyed at dawn today near Snake Island,” the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, wrote on social media.

“#bayraktar is doing its job,” he continued, referring to the Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicle known as the Bayraktar TB2, which is believed to have helped sink the two Russian Raptor fast attack craft. Along with the post, Zaluzhnyi posted a 17-second video that allegedly shows the moment the drones hit the Russian raptors at 4:51 a.m. local time.

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Russia did not comment on Ukraine’s assertion, the Wall Street Journal reportedbut claimed to have destroyed three Bayraktar drones without providing any evidence.

The Raptor-class boats are 55-foot-long machine-gun-armed vessels that are used for patrol missions, with a crew of three and space to carry up to 20 soldiers.

Although it is small – only 42 acres – Snake Island is strategically important because it lies on the edge of the territorial waters of Ukraine in the Black Sea. A report last year, a nonpartisan think tank, the Atlantic Council, called Snake Island “key to Ukraine’s maritime territorial claims” in the Black Sea.

Snake Island has also become a legendary symbol of resistance for Ukraine, as the military defending the island refused to surrender to Russian forces on February 24, announcing over the radio “Russian warship, fuck off” , when the Russian flagship cruiser Moskva approached.

The losses of the patrol boats add to the growing death toll of the Russian navy. In April, the Moskva sank after being hit by at least one Neptune anti-core missile, the Pentagon confirmed.

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