Russian President Vladimir Putin tours the exhibition Development of the Creative Economy in Russia at the Zotov Cultural and Educational Centre in Moscow on May 30, 2023. The word on the background reads Soul . AFP
"On May 29, a high-precision strike by the Russian Air Force on a ship anchorage site in the port of Odesa destroyed the last warship of the Ukrainian Navy, the 'Yuri Olefirenko'," the Russian army said in its daily briefing.
AFP was not able to independently confirm the claim.
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian Naval Force declined to comment.
The Yuri Olefirenko is a medium-size landing ship for troops and vehicles.
First named "Kirovograd", the ship was renamed in 2016 in honour of a Ukrainian marine killed near Mariupol in 2015.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky decorated its crew in June 2022.