Ukraine Hits Russian Naval Vessel in Crimea

( – Nearly 10 years ago, in 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to annex Crimea from Ukraine. The move was seen as a prologue to the larger war that began in 2022. Recently, the Ukrainian military launched an attack on a Russian Navy vessel in the region.

On December 26, Ukraine’s Air Force claimed it attacked the port of Feodosia in Crimea. The military used air-launched missiles to hit the Novocherkassk landing ship. The vessel was reportedly carrying drones, armored vehicles, and tanks.

According to NBC News, Yuriy Ihnat, a Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, told Radio Free Europe that they could “see how powerful the explosion was” and don’t believe the Russian ship will be able to re-enter service. He explained that it appeared there was a “detonation of munitions.”

Russian officials confirmed there was an attack on one of its ships and also said surrounding buildings were damaged. One person reportedly died in the attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded to the news of the attack on the ship by saying his country’s military had added to Russia’s submarine fleet. He said there wouldn’t be a “single peaceful place for the occupiers in Ukraine.”

The attack comes after Putin hinted that he might try to take more land from Ukraine along the Black Sea coast, even calling Odessa, where the Ukrainian Navy headquarters are located, a “Russian city.” Russia has used its Black Sea Fleet to impede Ukraine throughout the war, making it hard for the country to move steel and agricultural exports, hurting its economy. It has also used the fleet to fire missiles into Ukraine.

As a result of the attacks by the Russian fleet, Ukraine has stepped up attacks on it. In April 2022, the Ukrainian military sank the fleet’s flagship cruiser, Moskva. Moscow claimed ammunition detonated and caused a fire that forced the crew to evacuate, not an attack. Then it said the ship sank as it was being towed to port.

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