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A Russian ship was damaged after Ukrainian missiles struck a shipyard in Crimea on Saturday.
Image reportedly of the ship that was struck: The “Askold,” one of the Russian Navy’s newest ships.
The Russian Defense Ministry disclosed that 15 Ukrainian cruise missiles targeted the Zaliv shipyard in the city of Kerch, located in the eastern part of the Crimean Peninsula. Despite Russian forces intercepting 13 of these missiles, the remaining ordnance hit the shipyard and caused damage to one of their vessels.
Russia has not released the specifics of the ship affected and the extent of the damage. However, the Ukrainian Air Force Commander, Mykola Oleshchuk, confirmed the strike on Telegram, mentioning a significant Russian vessel was present at the shipyard when the attack occurred. “I would like to thank the pilots of the tactical aviation of the Air Forces for successful cruise missile strikes on the infrastructure of the Zaliv shipbuilding yard in Kerch,” Oleshchuk stated, highlighting the significance of the targeted Russian ship.
This attack comes amidst the ongoing conflict that has escalated over the past 21 months. Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, the peninsula has become a focal point in the war, with Ukraine intensifying its counteroffensive efforts in the region. Recent weeks have seen a series of Ukrainian strikes in Crimea, indicating a strategic push within their broader campaign against Russian forces.