VLADIMIR Putin’s parade boat which he uses to inspect his fleet was obliterated with a by bomb launched from a drone, it has been claimed.
Dramatic footage shows the moment the Raptor-class patrol boat was hit and went up in flames, near Snake Island in the Black Sea as it tried to deliver supplies to troops stationed there.
The Russian tyrant has used such a boat with the 001 designation for fleet inspections in Sevastopol and St Petersburg.
But he may have left only three of eight of these patrol vessels that he began the war with due to their successful targeting by the Ukrainians.
Ukraine Now Telegram channel reported: "We received information that one of the destroyed boats of the Raptor type in the Snake Island area was Putin's parade boat.”
The Russian leader's vessel is a “specially equipped parade boat with tail number 001,” said the report.
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“On board, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has hosted military parades in St. Petersburg and Sevastopol several times."
The vessel was hit by hit by a laser-guided bomb dropped from a Bayraktar TB2 drone near the island, which is about 80 miles from the port of Odessa.
Snake Island has acquired legendary status for Ukraine from when a group of border guards defending it told a Russian ship "go f**k yourselves" after being invited to surrender.
The Russian vessel that was attacking them, the Moskva, was later hit by a missile and sunk near the island.
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Recent days has seen Kyiv’s forces launch a number of attacks on Snake Island.
Two other 55-ft-long Raptors have been hit in recent days in the area, along with a Serna class landing craft with a Tor surface-to-air missile system on board.
And on Sunday drone footage captured the dramatic moment a Ukrainian strike blows up a Russian helicopter on Snake Island.
Video posted on social media shows a Mi-8 helicopter being obliterated, just as troops were disembarking.
Throughout the war, Ukrainian fighters have been using relatively cheap drones to cause havoc with Russia.
Videos shared online show the Bayraktar TB2 destroying Russian missile launchers on the ground.
It is a small Turkish-made unmanned vehicle that has become something of a favourite, despite being quite basic compared to other tech.
The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are thought to cost about £3.8million.
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Apart from their low cost, they are also smaller and slower but as it turns out quite successful.
Other footage shows the moment a bomb from one of them flies through the sunroof of a Russian vehicle sending soldiers running for their lives.
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