Satellite shows damaged Minsk and Rostov-on-Don

The BlackSky satellite saw what happened to the Russian landing ship Minsk and the Rostov-on-Don submarine. On the eve of the attack, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck Sevastopol and declared that they had completely disabled them.

Damaged “Minsk” and “Rostov-on-Don”. Source: BlackSky/Handout via REUTERS

Photos of the damaged ship and submarine

The BlackSky company, on its page on the social network X (formerly Twitter), published photos of the dock in the Russian-occupied Crimea city of Sevastopol on September 14. They confirmed that the large landing ship Minsk and the submarine Rostov-on-Don suffered severe damage.

The proof shows their appearance in two photos. The first of them was made on September 12, even before the Ukrainian Armed Forces began a large-scale strike on the port of Sevastopol. The second was on September 13, after the incident. Both of them show that Minsk and Rostov-on-Don are in dry dock.

However, at the same time, a huge black hole is clearly visible in the newer image, located in the center of the landing ship where the superstructure should be. And Rostov-on-Don has a burnt-out zone around it.

Sevastopol on September 12. Source: BlackSky/Handout via REUTERS

What happened?

The fact that the Ukrainian Armed Forces attacked the ships in the port of Sevastopol was announced on September 13. Almost immediately, this message was confirmed by photos from the event. They showed that the explosion was really strong.

At the same time, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the large landing ship Minsk and the submarine Rostov-on-Don were seriously damaged; their restoration is now impossible. The Russian side, as always, did not comment on the situation in any way.

According to general estimates, the action carried out on September 13 was the most massive strike carried out by the Armed Forces of Ukraine since the beginning of the large-scale invasion. And it was very symbolic that its goal was the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

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