The Russian military said it “conducted a review of Canadian-made navigation modules” found in downed drones.
The drones used to attack Russian ships in the Black Sea in Crimea were equipped with Canadian-made parts used in navigation systems, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
He said 16 Ukrainian drones attacked the Black Sea fleet in the annexed Crimean peninsula early on Saturday. Russia said its navy had “repelled” the assault in Sevastopol Bay.
The Russian military “conducted an examination of the Canadian-made navigation modules” found in the downed unmanned aerial vehicles.
“According to the results of the information retrieved from the memory of the navigation receiver, it was established that the launch of maritime drones was carried out from the coast near the city of Odessa,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The drones reportedly moved along the “grain corridor” safety zone, before changing course to head for the Russian naval base in the Crimean peninsula’s largest city, Sevastopol.
The Defense Ministry said one of the drones may have been launched “from one of the civilian ships chartered by Kyiv or its Western masters for the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian seaports.”
Russia has accused Kyiv of planning the attack on Sevastopol with the help of British military “specialists”. The UK has denied the charges.
Last month, a key bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia was partially damaged in an explosion that Moscow blamed on Ukraine. Kyiv has denied its role in the attack which prompted Russian retaliation.
Since then, Russia has carried out massive air and drone strikes across Ukraine, damaging more than a third of its electricity infrastructure.