Blasts in Dzhankoi might have prevented Russia from fully equipping its ships with Kalibr missiles, Humeniuk

23 March, 01:16 PM
Debris of a drone that fell on March 20 in Dzhankoi (Photo:RFE/RL)

Debris of a drone that fell on March 20 in Dzhankoi (Photo:RFE/RL)

Russian troops might not have managed to fully equip their ships in the Black Sea with Kalibr missiles due to the explosions in Dzhankoi, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian military in the south, Natalia Humeniuk, said on national television on March 23.

Occupying Russian forces currently hold a powerful naval grouping of 15 ships, including three missile carriers — two surface and one submarine, she noted.

"Yesterday, they reinforced the naval grouping. This may mean that the enemy is trying to keep us on our toes. Despite the fact that the surface ships may not be equipped (with Kalibr missiles), as the " Dzhankoi cargo"did not reach its destination," said Humeniuk.

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She referred to Kalibr-NK missiles that are used on the surface ships.

The missile carrying ships waiting at their naval base for their "cargo" might have not been fully loaded, she said.

However, a submarine was deployed in the Black Sea with a full set of high-precision missiles, Humeniuk said.

A series of explosions were heard in Dzankoi on the evening of March 20. Videos with sounds of drones flying were published online. Kremlin-installed authorities of occupied Crimea claimed the attack was the "work of air defense" and that some "fragments" had allegedly "damaged houses and a store."

The illegal head of the Dzhankoi administration complained about a drone attack.

Soon after, Ukrainian intelligence stated that the explosions in Dzhankoi destroyed Kalibr missiles that were being transported by rail.

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