Mystery as ‘Ukrainian suicide drone’ washes up on beach close to Russian navy base after evading defences

A MYSTERIOUS vessel widely believed to be a Ukrainian suicide drone has washed up near to a major Russian naval base. The vessel was found in Omega Bay, by the port of Sevastopol, which was leased by the Russians from Ukraine before Vladimir Putin’s illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, where it sits. The drone is thought to be among several donated to Ukraine by the United States in bid to help turn the tables on the large Russian navy. How it came to rest on the rocks at Omega Bay remains a mystery but it remains intact suggesting a mechanical failure. While the inside is not pictured, submarine expert H.I Sutton believes its “curved shaping, with external reinforcing, suggests a warhead”. “Going further, a theory is that this device is designed to ram another vessel and detonate, like a modern interpretation of an explosive boat,” he writes in Naval News. READ MORE ON THE UKRAINE WAR FREE AT LAST I was held captive in Ukraine & forced to record final message for my daughter UP FOR DEBATE Watch as Boris mistakenly thanks PUTIN for his ‘leadership’ in awkward gaffe “This also explains the cluster of sensors at the bow.” He said the vessel “appears to have slipped past Russian Navy patrol boats”. Sutton described the drone “as small but purposeful” and is powered by a single motor, mounted inboard, driving a steerable waterjet.  “This suggests relatively high performance, it is made for speed,” he added. “And such a small vessel, about the size of a kayak, would likely have a very small radar signature.” Most read in News FINAL CALL Inside last call teen, 15, made to girlfriend ONE MINUTE before 'murder' MEG'S WAY Camilla 'snubbed by "bored" Meghan who wanted to go own way' after joining Royals TROUBLE BREWING Camilla 'spat out her tea at Harry's "ridiculous" suggestion to heal rift' PROF MICHAEL CLARKE I'm a war expert - Putin WON'T use nukes, he has another sinister plan FATAL SMASH YouTube star 'kills six including a child' in horror head-on motorway crash SCHOOL HORROR Teacher desperately tried to save boy, 15, after he was knifed to death Sevastopol was targeted by Ukrainian aerial drones in August with huge plumes of black smoke rising from the base as tourists watched on in horror, It’s understood the naval HQ suffered a direct hit as a drone exploded on the roof. The Russians have claimed the vessel was destroyed after being captured, though explanation is thought unlikely unless its intelligence services already know. Ukrainian special operators are known to be conducting waterborne raids in southern Ukraine so the vessel could have been on a surveillance mission when washed ashore, reports The Drive. What were described as “unmanned coastal defence vessels” were part of a military aid package for Ukraine the Pentagon announced in April. “It’s an unmanned surface vessel that can be used for a variety of purposes in coastal defence,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby at the time. “I think I’ll just leave it at that.” Read More on The Sun HEALTH CHECK The 5 key factors that determine if YOU will develop deadly type 2 diabetes OH BOY I’m trolled for dressing my son like a girl - there's nothing wrong with his clothes Throughout the war, Ukrainian fighters have been using relatively cheap drones to cause havoc with Russia. Back in March, a squad of amateur drone users claimed they managed to destroy Russia’s 40-mile infamous “death convoy” of tanks and armoured vehicles in a series of ambushes. TwitterBlack smoke appears to rise from the Black Sea Fleet base after a reported strike[/caption] TwitterA Ukrainian drone was spotted over Sevastopol[/caption]

Mystery as ‘Ukrainian suicide drone’ washes up on beach close to Russian navy base after evading defences

A MYSTERIOUS vessel widely believed to be a Ukrainian suicide drone has washed up near to a major Russian naval base.

The vessel was found in Omega Bay, by the port of Sevastopol, which was leased by the Russians from Ukraine before Vladimir Putin’s illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, where it sits.

The drone is thought to be among several donated to Ukraine by the United States in bid to help turn the tables on the large Russian navy.

How it came to rest on the rocks at Omega Bay remains a mystery but it remains intact suggesting a mechanical failure.

While the inside is not pictured, submarine expert H.I Sutton believes its “curved shaping, with external reinforcing, suggests a warhead”.

“Going further, a theory is that this device is designed to ram another vessel and detonate, like a modern interpretation of an explosive boat,” he writes in Naval News.

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“This also explains the cluster of sensors at the bow.”

He said the vessel “appears to have slipped past Russian Navy patrol boats”.

Sutton described the drone “as small but purposeful” and is powered by a single motor, mounted inboard, driving a steerable waterjet. 

“This suggests relatively high performance, it is made for speed,” he added.

“And such a small vessel, about the size of a kayak, would likely have a very small radar signature.”

Sevastopol was targeted by Ukrainian aerial drones in August with huge plumes of black smoke rising from the base as tourists watched on in horror,

It’s understood the naval HQ suffered a direct hit as a drone exploded on the roof.

The Russians have claimed the vessel was destroyed after being captured, though explanation is thought unlikely unless its intelligence services already know.

Ukrainian special operators are known to be conducting waterborne raids in southern Ukraine so the vessel could have been on a surveillance mission when washed ashore, reports The Drive.

What were described as “unmanned coastal defence vessels” were part of a military aid package for Ukraine the Pentagon announced in April.

“It’s an unmanned surface vessel that can be used for a variety of purposes in coastal defence,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby at the time.

“I think I’ll just leave it at that.”

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Throughout the war, Ukrainian fighters have been using relatively cheap drones to cause havoc with Russia.

Back in March, a squad of amateur drone users claimed they managed to destroy Russia’s 40-mile infamous “death convoy” of tanks and armoured vehicles in a series of ambushes.

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A Ukrainian drone was spotted over Sevastopol[/caption]

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