The battleship Moskva sank in the Black Sea at the start of the war with Ukraine. The Ukrainian military claims its troops have sunk another Russian warship. Photos/REUTERS/Stringers/Photo Files
KIEV – A warship Russia allegedly drowned in the Dnipro River after being hit by troop artillery fire Ukraine on Tuesday.
The attack was confirmed by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Via its Facebook page, the General Staff said the class of the ship was still being determined.
An infrared photo accompanying the General Staff announcement shows what appears to be a patrol boat on fire.
“Ukrainian artillery has successfully hit a Russian warship in the Dnipro River,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post, Thursday (12/1/2023).
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The ship is reported to be in the strategic river delta, which divides Ukraine and its capital, Kiev.
In November, Russian troops withdrew to the east bank of the river. The Ukrainian port city of Kherson, which was recaptured in November after being occupied by Russia since early March, is located at the mouth of the Dnipro.
The river flows past several islands into the Black Sea via the Dniprovska Bay.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry posted a daily tally of Russian casualties on Tuesday with additional warships marked sunk, bringing the tally to 17 since the war began on February 24.
While Russia’s Black Sea Fleet far surpasses the Ukrainian fleet numerically and enjoys considerable control over maritime traffic in the Black Sea, it is unable to achieve Navy superiority in the waters due to Ukraine’s surface-to-sea combat capabilities.