Russia on Saturday rejected Ukraine’s claim that it had damaged a modern naval logistics ship in the Black Sea and showed photos of what it said was the vessel with no signs of damage.
Military authorities in the southern Odesa region said on Thursday that Ukrainian naval forces had hit the Vsevolod Bobrov and set it on fire.
In an online post, the Russian Ministry of Defense published photos that they said were taken from the ship on Saturday in the Crimean Black Sea port of Sevastopol.
“It is now clear from the photos that the ship was not damaged at all,” it said.
Last month, the missile cruiser Moscow, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, sank after it caught fire. Ukraine said it hit the ship with a missile fired from the coast, while Moscow blamed an ammunition explosion.