Ukraine sinks another Russian warship

Tsezar Kunikov. Photo: Russian media

On February 14, Ukraine’s Intelligence destroyed a Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov.

Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence conducted a special operation using MAGURA V5 maritime drones in the Black Sea and reported that the ship sank due to damage, which has been already confirmed by the General Staff.

At the time of the attack, the ship was deployed in the territorial waters of Ukraine near Alupka, temporarily occupied Crimea.

“Based on preliminary visual assessments of the ship’s draft during the sinking, the Cesar Kunikov was loaded,” the HUR service reported.

In addition, Andriy Yusov, a representative of the HUR service, told NV media that the majority of the crew aboard had perished.

“There are no concrete figures yet, but according to available information, most of the crew died,” Ukraine’s Intelligence message said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg commented on the event and said that “the Ukrainians have been able to inflict heavy losses on the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” and that this is a “great achievement, a great victory for Ukrainians” because it allowed the country to launch a grain corridor, in particular.

Tsezar Kunikov belonged to Russia’s newest vessels and was used in wars in Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine. Its captain Aleksandr Chirva died in the course of the war in April 2022.

Ukraine, according to the General Staff last-week statement, has disabled about 33% of Russia’s warships, amounting to 24 disabled ships and one submarine. Tsezar Kunikov is now the 25th damaged vessel.

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