Ukraine has destroyed a Russian landing boat amid intense military action in the Black Sea, it’s been claimed.
Footage reportedly shows a Bayraktar-TB2 kamikaze drone destroying a Russian KS-701 Tuna vessel.
Reports say Russia suffered fatalities and casualties in the strike, and a military helicopter airlifted the wounded away from the boat.
Vladimir Putin’s forces say they have inflicted ‘heavy casualties’ on Ukraine after they allegedly destroyed four US-supplied Willard Sea Force speedboats after they tried to land on Russian-annexed Crimea.
Ukraine, which has recently tried to land at Crimea on several occasions, disputes that four boats were destroyed.
‘This time the enemy failed to reach the coast of Crimea in order to film a video of the landing and shoot at the camp of tourist,’ said Russian Telegram channel WarGonzo.
Russia also claimed to have ‘wiped out’ more than 125 Ukrainian marines in the south Donetsk area.
‘Over 125 Ukrainian servicemen, a combat armoured vehicle and two automobiles were destroyed,’ said the Moscow ministry of defence.
Meanwhile, a Russian general has admitted a shortfall in Russian mobilisation recruitment.
At the weekend former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said some 280,000 had signed contracts with the defence ministry since the start of this year.
But Lt General Viktor Sobolev – now a Communist MP – said that the target was 400,000 – indicating a 120,000 shortfall in Kremlin plans.
‘We need 400,000 in total,’ he said.
‘This is due to what our general staff has planned – the creation of new associations, formations and units.
‘This number is determined so that there will not be any more mobilisations, for which we are not quite ready.’
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