Ukraine Claims to Have Sunk Another Russian Warship

( – The Russian war on Ukraine will mark its second anniversary soon. Tens of thousands of people on both sides of the conflict have died. Russia has suffered several multiple attacks on its naval fleet, and Ukraine claims it has now taken out another warship.

On February 14, Ukrainian officials announced the country used high-tech naval drones to sink a Russian amphibious ship called the Caesar Kunikov. The attack on the vessel took place in the Black Sea, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Alupka, a city in Russian-controlled Crimea. According to a report by The Associated Press, the ship can carry 87 crew members, but it’s unclear how many were onboard at the time of the attack. It was said to be carrying ammunition for the war.

Ukraine’s intelligence arm, the GUR, did not release details about the strike. It’s unclear how many drones were used. GUR’s Andrii Yusov did tell reporters that the country was planning the attack for “a long time,” tracking the ship’s routes and collecting data.

The Russian military didn’t comment on the incident specifically but said it took down six Ukrainian drones in the Black Sea the same night.

The announcement by Ukraine marked the second time in as many weeks that it claimed to have sunk a Russian ship in the Black Sea. On February 1, the GUR published a video showing its drones attacking Russia’s missile-armed corvette Ivanovets the night before. The vessel was on patrol on Lake Donuzlav, which is connected to the Black Sea by a large channel in the western region of Crimea.

The attacks on the ships in the Black Sea have allowed Ukraine to push Russia back and transport its goods and grains. When the war first began, Russia blockaded the Black Sea and prevented Ukraine from exporting anything. The blockade severely crippled the Ukrainian economy, but the attacks on the Russian fleet have given the country some wiggle room.

February 24 will mark the second anniversary of the conflict.

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