Ukrainian forces immobilize one third of Russian Black Sea Fleet, sinks flagship cruiser Moskva
With the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine underway, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have managed to debilitate nearly one third of the Russian Black Sea Fleet's ships. According to the latest briefing from the Strategic Communication Center of the Ukrainian army, also referred to as StratKom.
Ukrainian Forces Sabotage the Russian Black Sea Fleet
As per the data gathered by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrainian soldiers have decommissioned 24 Russian ships, including one submarine. At the onset of the invasion, the Russian Black Sea Fleet comprised 74 warships, as per information from open sources.
StratKom highlighted in its briefing that Russia's aggression against Ukraine is causing damage to its fleet. The Center directly addressed Russians, pinpointing the fallout of their actions.
"Moskva" Capsized, "Ivanovets" Sunk
One of the most recent victories of the Ukrainian armed forces was the destruction of a Russian missile boat named Ivanovets. This vessel was patrolling the Black Sea near Crimea, under Russian occupation. The ship sank overnight, from January 31 to February 1, due to an attack by the HUR military intelligence using naval drones.
The Russian navy experienced the heaviest losses in April 2022 when the missile cruiser Moskva, which was the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, was sunk. According to information released by the Kremlin, only one crew member perished onboard the cruiser, while 27 were reported missing.
The actual number of casualties, however, is likely to have been much more significant. Independent observers estimate that over 400 Russian military personnel may have perished.