Ukraine claims it damaged a Russian salvage ship off Crimea

A map of the northern part of the Black Sea, southern Ukraine and southwestern Russia.  The port city of Sevastopol is shown in Crimea and Novorossiysk is shown on the Russian mainland.  On the Ukrainian mainland, the city of Odessa is marked.

Ukraine attacked a Russian salvage ship off the temporarily annexed Crimean peninsula, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. The ship is said to have been decommissioned.

The salvage ship Kommuna will be specially equipped for deep-sea work, including the recovery of submarines and sunken cargo.

According to Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletentyuk, the ship can no longer fulfill its tasks.

“This will continue until the Russians run out of ships or leave Crimea,” he said. Pletentyuk recently announced that Ukraine had put about a third of the Russian fleet out of action since the war began more than two years ago.

The Russian-appointed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozjayev, announced on Sunday that the Russian military had repelled an attack on a ship in the port. He said fallen fragments caused a small fire that was immediately extinguished.

It is unclear where the attack took place, but social media footage said to have been filmed in the port of Sevastopol in Crimea shows a ship burning.

A post on the Ukrainian military’s Telegram channel said the ship is one of the oldest ships operated by the Russian Navy and was commissioned in 1913.

Crimea was captured and annexed by Russia in 2014.

Sources: AFP, Reuters

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