According to the Ukrainian armed forces, they attacked Russian warships in the occupied port of Berdyansk. The Ukrainian general staff announced on Facebook late Friday that it had destroyed the Russian landing ship Saratov and damaged the landing ships Caesar Kunikov and Novocherkassk.
The Ukrainian Navy had previously announced that it had destroyed the “Orsk” troop transport. Fierce fighting also continued on the ground. Images shared from the port on Friday showed a large Russian warship on fire. Other ships moved away from hell. Still more Russian losses would be “clarified”.
On Thursday, the Navy shared a close-up of the Orsk troop carrier and two long-distance shots of a burning ship in the port of Berdyansk. It was not clear whether it was the “Orsk”.
The Russian state news agency Tass, citing the Defense Ministry, reported that on March 21 the “Orsk” was the first ship of the Black Sea Fleet to call at the occupied Ukrainian port of Berdyansk.
“The arrival of this large landing ship” is an “important event that opens up logistical opportunities in the Black Sea,” a Russian naval official said in the report. According to this, the “Orsk” can carry 1500 tons of cargo and bring armored vehicles to Ukraine.
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Berdyansk is located southwest of the city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for weeks, on the Sea of Azov. The smaller port city, like Cherson further west, was seized by Russian troops shortly after the start of the February 24 attack on Ukraine.
British military intelligence said the attack on “high-value” targets also destroyed an ammunition depot. It is part of a Ukrainian strategy targeting vulnerable Russian supply lines.
“The Ukrainians will continue to attack logistics facilities in Russian-controlled areas,” the UK Ministry of Defense said. “This will force the Russian military to prioritize defending their supply chain and deprive them of much-needed supplies for their armed forces.”
On Thursday, the United States and its allies discussed delivering anti-ship missiles to kyiv for the first time at a special NATO summit in Brussels. However, the technical details still need to be clarified, according to a senior US representative. On the other hand, there was agreement on new deliveries of anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, which are said to have significantly slowed down the Russian attack.
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However, Ukrainian authorities on Thursday reported new deadly Russian airstrikes in Kharkiv and the Luhansk region in the east of the country. According to unconfirmed information, phosphorus bombs were also used. The general staff said overnight that “the occupiers are unsuccessfully trying to reach the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, both of which have been held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Following reports of Russian withdrawals north of the beleaguered capital kyiv, the General Staff stated in its latest report that “the enemy was trying to resume offensive operations towards the cities of Brovary and Boryspil in order to attack kyiv” from the east to blockade ” .
Thousands of civilians, including more than 120 children, were killed in the first month of the war, according to the latest casualty record for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 6.5 million people had to leave their homes. (AFP)