The Russian Ministry of Defense assured this Sunday (October 30, 2022) that it found the remains of drones that attacked its fleet in the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014, and said that these devices were used by the so-called grain corridor”, a security zone in the Black Sea demarcated for the export of Ukrainian grain.
“The naval drones were moving in the safe area of the ‘grain corridor’,” the Russian ministry said, without providing evidence, adding that at least one of the devices could have been launched “from a civilian vessel hired by Kyiv or their Western masters to export agricultural products from Ukrainian ports.
Moscow claimed that some of the aircraft had “Canadian-made navigation modules”. He added that “the results of reading the memory extracted from the navigation receiver made it possible to determine that the launch of naval drones took place on the coast near the city of Odessa.”
Russia, a country that bombards Ukrainian civilian objects with drones every day, after the attack decided to withdraw from the agreement on the export of grain from Ukraine via the Black Sea with the mediation of the UN. According to the Kremlin, the Ukrainians planned the operation with the help of British experts, which both European countries denied.
Nine aerial and seven naval drones were used in the attack on Sevastopol, and all were destroyed by defense systems, according to Moscow, which also acknowledged damage to vessels, such as a minesweeper.
For his part, UN Secretary General António Guterres expressed concern about the paralysis of maritime exports. Guterres postponed his trip to the Arab League summit to focus on the grain issue, his spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said.
DZC (EFE, AFP)