Overnight, there have been reports of explosions close to the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk in Russia.
On Friday, video posted to social media claimed to show massive explosions at the port, a significant hub for Russian exports.
According to the Russian defense ministry, two sea drones were used to resist a Ukrainian attack on its naval facility there.
It said that Russian ships manning the naval base’s outer harbour had spotted and destroyed the drones.
According to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, which transfers oil into tankers at the port, the port momentarily halted all ship movements in the wake of the incident.
Small, unmanned boats called sea drones travel above or below the water’s surface.
According to BBC Verify’s investigation, Ukraine has launched at least 10 maritime drone assaults, including one that hit the port of Novorossiysk as well as military vessels and the Russian naval facility in Sevastopol.
This is based on statements made by the Russian and Ukrainian governments as well as news articles from the area. According to CNN’s reporting, maritime drones were also employed in a July attack on the Kerch Bridge leading to Crimea.
One of the largest ports on the Black Sea is Novorossiysk. According to Russian official media, the local emergency services have confirmed reports of explosions and have notified the security services.
The reported attacks have not received any public comments from Ukraine to date.
Following Russia’s withdrawal from a UN agreement that allowed grain to be securely moved between Russia and Ukraine across the seas, sea clashes have gotten worse in recent weeks.
Russia bombed the major Black Sea ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk earlier this week, destroying 60,000 tonnes of grain, according to the authorities, as well as ports on the Danube.
Separately, Russia claimed on Friday that it had shot down 10 Ukrainian drones over Crimea.
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