Ukraine sinks Russian ship “loaded with weapons, equipment”: military

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Sunken ships are pictured in this photo, taken off the coast of Crimea on March 8, 2014. The Ukrainian army said on Monday that its forces sank a Russian ship carrying troops, weapons and equipment across the Dnipro River.
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The Ukrainian army says it destroyed a Russian ship carrying weapons, military equipment and troops in a disputed area of ​​the Dnipro River.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South said in a Facebook post Monday that a Russian ship attempting to move troops and supplies across the river near the city of Nova Kakhovka had joined a growing Russian “underwater fleet” after it was hit by an Ukrainian attack.

Russian forces have attempted to transport weapons and equipment across the river as several bridges, ammunition depots and bases had previously been destroyed during Ukraine’s large and ongoing southern counter-offensive.

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“Attempts to set up an alternative ferry through the Dnipro, in the area of ​​Nova Kakhovka and Kozatsky, were unsuccessful,” Operational Command South said. “The ferry could not resist fire control and stopped. A barge loaded with weapons, equipment and personnel replenished the occupying forces’ underwater fleet after being hit by fire.”

The ship’s reported sinking comes the same day a Ukrainian official claimed Russian troops were trapped near the river as a result of the counter-offensive in the Kherson region, driving them further south.

Nataliya Humenyuk, head of the joint press center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces of the South, told the Ukrainian parliament television channel on Monday that the Russians were “wedged in” between Ukrainian troops and the river.

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“The fire control we maintain over intersections and transport arteries across the Dnipro makes them understand that they are sandwiched between the armed forces and right bank units located in this part of the Kherson region,” she said, according to The New Voice of Ukraine.

Humenyuk added that she had received information alleging that some Russian troops had been demoralized. Ukraine reportedly offered them a chance to return home under “international humanitarian law”.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South also reported carrying out 15 airstrikes on Russian targets on Monday, destroying two drones. According to Ukraine, another 260 rocket and artillery strikes were carried out.

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At least 90 Russian troops were said to have been killed in Monday’s offensives, while three Russian tanks, eight armored vehicles and several howitzers and rocket launchers were also reportedly destroyed.

Ukraine says Russia’s military activities were largely defensive and aimed at maintaining control over the areas it still occupies. Ukrainian counter-offensives to the east and south have recently resulted in Ukraine taking back territory Russia had conquered earlier in the war.

While the Ukrainian military claimed continued success on Monday, it said the Russian military had been less successful, with multiple Russian airstrikes in the Dnipropetrovsk and Mykolayiv regions apparently not causing Ukrainian casualties. News week has not independently verified any claims made by Ukraine.

News week has contacted the Russian government for comment.

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