Ukraine Sinks Two Russian Ships and Russia Sinks One

Zha Chunming/Xinhua via AP, File

The Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out a strike on the Black Sea Fleet's port in Sevastopol in Occupied Crimea on Sunday. In addition to destroying a communications and oil depot, the attack by Storm Shadow or SCALP-EG cruise missiles also destroyed or severely damaged two more of the Russian Navy's Ropucha-class landing ships.



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The Ropucha landing ships have become critical to sustaining Russian forces in Occupied Crimea and Occupied Kherson as the railway from Russia to Crimea via the Kerch Strait Bridge has limited capacity due to damage. Russia's Black Sea Fleet started the war with 13 of these ships. Three are now operational. Four are undergoing repairs of some type, and six have been either sunk or severely disabled by Ukrainian attacks. At least 20 Russian Navy ships, a third of the Black Sea Fleet, are combat losses to a country that no longer has an operational navy.

On the other side of the ledger, the Russian fleet scored its first success since the very early days of Putin's War in Ukraine. Okay, maybe not a "success," per se, but something of an accomplishment.

Moscow’s Baltic Sea Fleet accidentally sank a Russian fishing trawler with a missile during training exercises, according to reports.

Footage of the alleged incident posted on social media shows a fishing vessel, painted navy and red, with its hull on fire.

Three people were killed in the strike and four others injured, a relative of one of the dead men claimed on Thursday to TV Rain, an independent Russian TV channel.

The incident reportedly took place on March 19 when the Baltic Sea Fleet, taking part in war exercises in Kaliningrad, launched a live missile that hit Captain Lobanov, a Russian fishing trawler.

The exercise took place in fairly congested waters near Kaliningrad. Under ordinary circumstances, a Notice to Mariners (NOTAM) should have kept the trawler out of a live fire exercise impact area. That may have happened, but I couldn't find evidence of it. From what we've seen of the Russian military in action, this could very well have been the Russian commander assuming "big ocean, little missile" and letting it fly.


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