On June 6, 2024, a special unit from the 9th Department of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine successfully struck a Russian project 498 raid tugboat "Saturn" or "Proteus" near the coast of temporarily occupied Crimea.

This was reported by the Main Directorate of Intelligence press service.

As a result of the reconnaissance operation in the waters of Lake Panske, the Russian invaders’ vessel was destroyed. According to intelligence, the destructive fire damage was inflicted after successfully breaching the occupiers’ defensive barriers in the Black Sea waters.

A video of the tugboat being struck has also surfaced.

On the night of June 6, Ukrainian reconnaissance forces likely hit a Russian oil depot in the Belgorod region. However, there is no official confirmation of the attack from the Main Directorate of Intelligence yet.

Additionally, several explosions occurred near Rostov today, and a fire broke out at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery.

Photo: Russian project 498 raid tugboat/open sources