The probability is high that US drones were in the air directing the Ukrainian gunboats which attempted to attack ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet during an operation Friday night.
Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov likes to point special attention to the fact that during the attack by Ukrainian vessels, strategic US RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles were loitering over the area.
About 16 Ukrainian Navy gunboats using ‘swarm tactics’ attempted to attack Russian warships near Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island) off Odessa, southwestern Ukraine on Friday night during the evacuation of 82 Ukrainian Border Guard servicemen that surrendered to Russian forces off the island.
Some of these boats attempted to use civilian vessels as cover, the spokesman said. In the course of the fighting, six of the Ukrainian boats were destroyed. None of the 82 Ukrainian servicemen retrieved from Zmiinyi Island were injured.
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However, on Saturday, the Russian military published footage showing 82 Ukrainian military personnel said to have been taken off the island disembarking in Sevastopol, Crimea and being distributed field rations before being put on buses and sent home.
They laid down their arms and decided to return to their families,” Maj. Gen. Mikhail Yasnikov, deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet for logistics, said. A safe corridor was made for them to leave the area of Russia’s military operation.
Russia launched a military operation to demilitarize Ukraine early in the morning on Thursday 24 February, 2022.
In a televised address to the Russians, President Vladimir Putin said that circumstances require decisive and immediate action from us, the people’s republics of Donbass have asked for help.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.