Ukraine claims to have sunk another Russian vessel in the Black naval using high-tech naval drones.  

Kiev, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Tuesday that it has sunk another Russian cruiser in the Black Sea using high-tech sea drones, as Kyiv's troops continued to strike targets far beyond the war's front lines.  

Russian authorities have not confirmed the report.  

According to the Ukrainian military intelligence service, a special operations team destroyed the huge patrol ship Sergey Kotov overnight using unmanned Magura V5 watercraft designed and produced in Ukraine and packed with explosives.   

The patrol ship, which Ukraine said was struck near the Kerch Strait, is supposed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles and around 60 crew members.  

The Ukrainian assertion could not be independently verified right away, and deception has been prevalent in the war   

that erupted following Russia's full-scale invasion of its neighbor in February 2022.  

Kyiv's soldiers are straining to hold the better-equipped Russian army at bay at certain locations along the rather static 1,500-kilometer (930-mile) front line, but they are also aiming at objectives well beyond the battlefield.  

Last month, Ukraine claimed to have sunk two Russian vessels with drones. On February 1, it claimed to have sunk the Russian missile-armed corvette Ivanovets, and on February 14, it claimed to have destroyed the Caesar Kunikov landing ship. Russian officials did not confirm the reports.  

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