Maksym Marchenkothe governor and head of the Odesa regional military administration, announced through his Telegram channel that the Ukrainian army would have hit the Russian cruiser Moskva with Neptune missiles, causing serious damage to the warship.
“It has been confirmed that the Moskva missile cruiser today went exactly where it was sent by our border guards on Snake Island! The Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage to the Russian ship. Glory to Ukraine!” he wrote.
An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksii Arestovich, confirmed on YouTube the Ukrainian attacks on the ship, without indicating its location.
“It burns hard. Right now. And with this stormy sea there is no telling when they will be able to receive help. There are 510 crew members”assured in a YouTube broadcast.
These reports have not yet been independently verified. Russian news agencies have so far not reported any fire on a military ship.
On March 24, a month after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukrainethe Ukrainian navy claimed to have destroyed a Russian ship anchored in the port of Berdyansk, a city near Mariupol, in the Sea of Azov. Moscow had not confirmed that information. The Russian military rarely provides data on its losses.
On that occasion, the ukrainian navy secured also having destroyed a Russian troop landing ship docked in the port of Berdyanskin the south of the country, and controlled by the Russian army.
A statement from the Ukrainian navy maintains that it is the landing ship “Orsk” of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy.
“The Orsk troop carrier has been destroyed in the occupied port of Berdyansk. Glory to Ukraine!”the navy wrote on its Facebook account.
Along with the message, they published a photograph of a large undamaged ship and two others, from afar, of the smoke in the port and of a ship on fire, although it is not possible to clearly distinguish which ship it is.
The port of Berdyansk, on the Sea of Azov, has strategic importance for the Russian invaders as a key point to get ammunition, military material and soldiers to the south of Ukraine.
The cargo ship Orsk was in port to unload 40 armored vehicles along with 300 paratroopers, as well as Grad multiple launch rocket systems and anti-aircraft guns.
Berdyansk is at 70 kilometers southwest of Mariupol.
Since February 24, Russia wages a invasion war against Ukraine with heavy bombardment from the air and from the sea and with heavy artillery attacks.
The attacks have not been limited to military objectives but have also affected residential buildings as well as buildings that served as shelters for civilian personnel.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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