Moscow said on Tuesday (Dec. 26) that a Ukrainian attack on the Crimean port of Feodosia damaged a big Russian landing ship and killed one person. This came after Kyiv said it had sunk a major Russian warship.
An article in Interfax said that the Russian Defence Ministry said that Ukraine attacked Feodosia with missiles fired from the air and that the attack damaged the big landing ship “Novocherkassk.”
The “Novocherkassk,” which was made in Poland and went into service in the late 1980s, can land on both land and water and can take different kinds of armoured vehicles, such as tanks.
Several Russian news sites shared videos on the messaging app Telegram that seemed to be from the port and showed big explosions and fires.
Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed governor of Crimea, said on the messaging app Telegram that one person had been killed, two had been hurt, and six had been forced to leave their homes.
Even though the Ukrainian counteroffensive hasn’t won much ground on the battlefield and the Russian military has taken back control of several areas, Ukraine has been able to attack Crimea, which is home to the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, and do a lot of damage.
They are also cutting down their ships in Russia. Thank you to the Air Force pilots and everyone else who helped with the work!” Mykola Oleshchuk, who is in charge of Ukraine’s air force, called on Telegram.
A statement from the Russian-installed government of Crimea said that trains were not running from Feodosia and recommended people to use an alternative nearby station.
Feodosia, which has a population of around 69,000 people, lies on the southern coast of the Crimean Peninsula.
Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a move Kyiv and the West condemned as an illegal seizure.