The investigative news outlet Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) has published new photos of Russia’s Rostov-on-Don attack submarine, which was damaged in Ukraine’s September 13 attack on a shipyard in annexed Sevastopol.
According to CIT, it appears from the photographs that the craft was hit twice. One of the strikes, which experts had previously reported based on satellite imagery, was to the bow of the submarine. The other strike, which had previously not been visible in photographs, was to the craft’s right side.
Independent analyst Thor Are Iversen told CIT that both strikes pierced the submarine’s hull, damaging the torpedo and living compartments and possibly the auxiliary rooms as batteries as well. “I think she’s a total loss due to the extent of the damage,” he concluded.