Two Russian Raptor patrol boats were destroyed near Snake Island by a Ukrainian Bayraktar drone Monday morning local time, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported, citing the head of the Armed Forces General. 

Two Russian Raptor patrol boats were destroyed in the early hours of this morning near Snake [Zmiinyi] Island. #Bayraktar works! Together to Victory!” the MOD tweeted. 

Video of the drone targeting one of the Raptor patrol boats near the island in the Black Sea was included in the MOD post.

The Bayraktar TB-2 is a Turkish-designed armed drone that has been used to considerable effect by the Ukrainian Armed Forces against Russian targets.

Moscow is yet to confirm or react to the claim.

Sanctions against Russia can only be lifted after its forces leave Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said, adding this includes Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

About 100 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the eastern port city of Mariupol, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, in an operation involving the United Nations and Red Cross. Ukraine’s military said Russian attacks continued in the east around Izyum with the conflict extending along most of the contact line in the Donetsk area that delineates pro-Russian separatist areas of the country.

Hungary threatened to veto any European proposal that leads to the restriction of energy imports for the country from Russia.

WATCH: Zelenskiy said over 100 civilians were evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks in the bombed-out city of Mariupol.
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