The drones that were used to strike Russian Black Sea Fleet ships in Crimea the day before were found to have Canadian-made navigation systems, the Russian defense ministry claimed on Sunday.
The ministry claimed that early on Saturday, Ukraine used 16 drones to target the Black Sea Fleet near Sevastopol, and that British navy “specialists” had assisted in planning what it dubbed a terrorist attack.
Russia said that although it had thwarted the attack, the ships involved in securing the grain route out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports were the ones being targeted.
Russian authorities have used the explosions as a justification to withdraw from a grain deal that was mediated by the United Nations, a move that undercuts attempts to solve the world food crisis, according to Ukrainian officials.
Reuters was unable to immediately confirm either side’s assertions.