Black Sea clear of Russian warships for six days in a row — Ukrainian Navy

Patrol ship Sergey Kotov
Patrol ship Sergey Kotov

After the destruction of the patrol ship Sergey Kotov, the Russian Navy reduced the number of military vessels in occupied Crimea to a minimum, Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk said on national television on March 10.

The remaining ships "are mostly those that could not find a palace in the [Russian Black Sea] bases of Novorossiysk, Sochi, and Tuapse,” he said.

No enemy ships have been present in the Black Sea for six days, except for the small missile ship Cyclone.

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"It is supposed to be a carrier of cruise missiles, but it is used to cover air defense. By the way, this is a ship that has never been able to launch a missile... Less valuable and less useful assets are now all that is left [in Crimea]".

Patrol ship Sergey Kotov destruction: What is known

The $64 million USD Russian Black Sea Fleet patrol ship Sergey Kotov was destroyed by MAGURA V5 maritime drones on the night of March 5 in the territorial waters of Ukraine near the Kerch Strait.

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The ship sustained damage to the stern, starboard and port sides in the surface drone attack.

This ship was guarding our Kerch Strait, in our territorial waters,” Ukrainian Navy spokesperson Dmytro Pletenchuk said.

A helicopter might have been on board the destroyed Sergey Kotov, he said on national television on March 5, without identifying the type of helicopter. However, Ukrainian media, citing sources in the Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR), suggest it could have been either a Ka-29 or Ka-27.

Ukrainian forces have been regularly destroying Russian Black Sea Fleet ships since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Pletenchuk said on Feb. 15 that only five of the 13 large landing ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet remained.

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