On August 1, 2023, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that an attack by drones allegedly launched by Ukraine against the Serhii Kotov and Vasylii Bykov patrol ships had been repulsed. They say that allegedly Ukrainian drones attacked them in the Black Sea. It's fake.
On August 2, 2023, the speaker of the Navy forces Dmytro Pletenchuk on the air of Radio Svoboda (Liberty) announced that the Ukrainian naval forces were not involved in the alleged attack on Russian ships. Firstly, such drones are not in service with the Navy. Secondly, regarding the incident that allegedly took place ... the naval forces have nothing to do with it”, Pletenchuk noted. The ship “Serhei Kotov” performs the “task of controlling shipping”, which may mean its involvement in the blockade of Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea.
Thus, Russian propagandists are trying to discredit Ukraine in order to reduce Western support. They are also systematically trying to shift responsibility for the crimes of Russians in Ukraine in matters related to the export of grain. Earlier, Detector Media talked about the message that the Russians are destroying hangars not with grain, but with Ukrainian equipment.