Ukraine says destroyed Russian warship in Black Sea

AFP , Wednesday 14 Feb 2024

Ukraine said Wednesday it had destroyed another Russian warship in the Black Sea, a key battleground of the nearly two-year war where Kyiv's campaign has been building momentum.

File Photo - Russian warship BSF Tsezar Kunikov 158 sails through the Bosphorus Strait off the coast of the city of Istanbul on her way to the Black Sea as its returns from the port of Tartus, western Syria.AFP


While the frontline on land has remained static for over a year, Ukraine claims to have put Russia on the defensive in the Black Sea, an area vital for Ukrainian exports.

Its military said its forces together with military intelligence units had "destroyed" the "Caesar Kunikov" Russian landing ship off the coast of the Crimean peninsula.

A large ball of smoke and flames could be seen rising from what appeared to be a ship in footage posted by Ukrainian military intelligence.

"The enemy ship was attacked by Magura V5 maritime strike drones off the coast of the temporarily occupied Crimea near the city of Alupka," it said.

Moscow said it had downed six Ukrainian drones over the strategic body of water.

Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, has been extensively targeted by Ukrainian drones and missiles since it began its counteroffensive last summer.

Complex situation 

Newly appointed Ukrainian military chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Wednesday that the situation on the front line was precarious, following a visit to eastern Ukraine with Defence Minister Rustem Umerov.

"The operational environment is extremely complex and stressful. The Russian occupiers continue to increase their efforts and have a numerical advantage in personnel," Syrsky said in a statement on social media.

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