Three Russian landing ships have been moved from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, said the spokesman of the Ukrainian Navy, linking these actions to the successful attack by Ukrainian forces on the shipyard in occupied Sevastopol. A Russian submarine was also hit in this attack, which – as the spokesman stated – was the first unit of this type lost by the Russians as a result of combat operations.
On the night of September 12-13, the Ukrainians successfully attacked the shipyard in Sevastopol, where a Russian landing ship and a submarine were in dry docks. Navy spokesman Ukraine Dmytro Pletenchuk stated that the hit landing ship was no longer suitable for repairs. He also said that it was a unit that the Russians used to transfer their forces to Syria, the so-called Syrian express.
The Russian submarine Rostov on the Don River also suffered serious damage in the attack. – This is significant damage and it can now be said with a high degree of probability that it cannot be repaired – said Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR), earlier.
Attack on a Russian submarine
As Pletenchuk now stated, “for the first time in history, Russia lost a submarine as a result of combat operations.” – It is telling that today the Russian occupiers, for some reason, moved three large landing ships from the Black Sea to the Azov region, said spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk on Saturday on Ukrainian television. He is quoted by the Ukrainska Pravda website.
Experts pointed out that so far Russia has lost only one submarine – Kursk in August 2000. However, it was not as a result of military operations. The sinking of the ship was said to have been caused by two explosions on board.
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