26 Dec 2023

Russia said- Ukraine attacked and destroyed our warship in Black Sea

Russia has confirmed that one of its warships was attacked by Ukraine in the Black Sea and this warship has been destroyed.

This attack was carried out on Fedosia port in Russian-occupied Crimea on Monday night.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the large landing ship Novocherkask was attacked by Ukrainian aircraft with guided missiles.

According to Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed governor of Crimea, one person has died in the attack.

Ship was suspected of carrying Iranian-made drones: Ukraine

Ukraine’s air force also confirmed Tuesday it destroyed a landing ship in Crimea that was part of Russia’s Black Sea fleet and suspected of carrying Iranian-made drones.

Ukraine’s Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk shared a video on Telegram showing a massive explosion in Feodosia in Crimea.

“And the fleet in Russia is getting smaller and smaller,” Oleshchuk said.

13 of 19 drones that Russia used in attacks downed: Ukraine

Ukraine’s military also reported Tuesday downing 13 of 19 drones that Russia used in attacks overnight. It said the drones were destroyed in the Odesa, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Khmelnytskyi regions.

Russia claimed Monday that its forces had captured the strategic town of Maryinka in eastern Ukraine, but Kyiv disputed the claim, reporting that its troops had repelled three “unsuccessful attacks” near the ruined and nearly deserted community.

"It's not correct to talk about seizing Maryinka," Ukrainian military spokesperson Oleksandr Shtupun told Ukrainian TV following claims made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a televised meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

“The fighting for Maryinka continues,” Shtupun said. “Currently, our servicemen are within the administrative borders of Maryinka, but the city has been completely destroyed,” he added.

Maryinka is a relatively small town — with a prewar population under 10,000 — but, according to British intelligence, the Russian military has been seeking to capture it in order to advance further west and better protect occupied Donetsk city.

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