NEWLY released satellite photos show the smoldering wreckage of two valuable Russian naval units after a devastating attack from Ukraine.
Yesterday, Kiev forces fired a barrage of 10 cruise missiles and kamikaze drones, a massive hit that rattled Putin’s forces.
New dramatic photos shared on Twitter show the catastrophic damage to the landing ship Minsk and the Kilo-class attack submarine Rostov-on-Don.
Before the early morning attack, both ships were reportedly in a dry dock awaiting repairs.
After the devastating attack, satellite images showed the crumbling, charred remains of what was once a large landing ship and submarine.
Another photo showed shredded metal from the Minsk as smoke continued to rise from the remains.
The 367-foot-long Minsk and the Rostov-on-Don diesel-electric aircraft are believed to have been hit by a Storm Shadow missile delivered to Kiev by Britain and France.
Photos showed the moment of the devastating impact as sparks and fire shot into the night sky.
Storm Shadow air-launched cruise missiles can reach speeds of up to 600 miles per hour and blast targets up to 350 miles away.
Yesterday, Ukrainian Air Force chief Mykola Oleshchuk thanked his pilots for their “outstanding combat work” in destroying the ship and submarine – a major victory for Ukraine.
The pro-Moscow Telegram channel Gray Zone said the Russian Defense Ministry had promised to repair both ships.
They said: “Even judging from this photo, the recovery will take quite a long time and involvement in this military conflict is unlikely to occur any time soon.”
Earlier today, Crimea was again rocked by an onslaught of kamikaze drone attacks.
Dramatic footage showed a massive explosion in Yevpatoria in Russian-occupied Crimea, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky.
Traffic across the Crimean Bridge connecting mainland Russia has been suspended, Russian officials said on Telegram.
“Vehicle traffic on the Crimean Bridge is temporarily closed,” the Russian Information Center post said.
The Russian-held city of Yevpatoria, where several Russian military units are stationed, was already attacked last month.
Meanwhile, a Russian naval ship was hit by five Ukrainian drones in the Black Sea, the country’s state media reported.
Ukrainian forces previously inflicted damage on the Russian landing ships Saratov, Novocherkassk and Caesar Kunikov.
It is the latest blow to beleaguered Putin’s war effort – and was a major embarrassment for Vlad as he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un some 5,500 miles away.
The attacks came as Putin and Kim Jong-Un shook hands for weapons talks at a space base.
The North Korean leader arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Wednesday with his armored train.
Kim told Putin he was sure the Russian army and people would triumph over “evil” in a two-hour meeting.