The Ukrainian army carried out an attack in the Black Sea against the naval base of Novorossiysk using two maritime drones, which were destroyed, said the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday. Follow the latest developments of the war in Ukraine hour by hour.
Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, visits the operation zone in Ukraine
The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has visited the operation zone in Ukraine to inspect a command post and meet with senior military officials, the Russian army announced on Friday in a statement.
Sergei Shoigu was briefed on the current situation on the front and “thanked the commanders and soldiers (…) for successful offensive actions” in the Lyman area, in eastern Ukraine, said the Russian army, without specifying when this visit took place.
Russia denounces Ukrainian attacks on the naval base of Novorossiysk
Russia claimed on Friday to have repelled an attack by two Ukrainian maritime drones against its naval base in Novorossiysk, on the Black Sea, which is also a major oil port.
“The unmanned boats were visually detected and destroyed by regular gunfire from Russian ships” protecting the naval base, the Russian Ministry of Defense wrote on Telegram. According to the same source, 13 Ukrainian aerial drones were also shot down over Crimea.
Highlights of August 3:
The Ukrainian president admitted that his counteroffensive was difficult but assured that his troops were dominating the Russian forces.
The European Union, for its part, announced tougher sanctions against Belarus due to its support for Moscow in its war in Ukraine, expanding its blacklist and restricting exports, especially for drone technology.