The attack, in which two Kalib cruise missiles were launched, among others, targeted a commercial ship flying the flag of Liberia.
The British Government revealed on Monday that Russia launched several missiles against a civilian cargo ship in the Black Sea on August 24, projectiles that were successfully intercepted by Ukrainian forces.
Intelligence information declassified in the United Kingdom suggests that the attack, in which two Kalib cruise missiles were launched, among others, targeted a commercial ship flagged in Liberia.
That act “shows how desperate (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told Parliament, stressing that the United Kingdom was using “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to monitoring Russian activity in the Black Sea”.
London will continue to “raise attention when we see that they are preparing new attacks on civilian ships or infrastructure, and blame those attacks when they happen,” Sunak added.
“Thanks to the Ukrainian air defenses, the attack on the civilian ship failed. None of the Kalib missiles reached their target,” detailed the Foreign Ministry in a statement.
London emphasized that Russia “systematically” harassed the civilian and port infrastructure of Ukraine, and estimated that these attacks destroyed 280,000 tons of grain.
“This is a clear demonstration of Russia’s continued attempts to suffocate Ukraine’s economy and President Putin’s lack of regard for civilian lives and the interests of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” he added. . the Foreign Office.