Ukraine said on Thursday it had destroyed a large Russian landing aid ship, the Orsk, at the Russian-occupied port of Berdiansk on the Sea of Azov.
Video footage, which Reuters was able to confirm, was filmed from within Berdiansk, shows a column of smoke rising from a flame at a dock, and the flash of an explosion.
Two vessels, one of which was apparently damaged, were seen in the footage sailing out of the dock while a third ship burned.
Reuters could not confirm whether it was the Orsk that was on fire in the film. Russian officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report that the support ship had been destroyed.
Russia said on Monday the ship had docked at Berdiansk, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of the beleagured port city of Mariupol, and the website of the Russian Armed Forces news article Zvezda (Star) underlined the port’s importance to Russian supply lines.
“Yes, it has been destroyed,” Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar told a video briefing when asked about the Orsk.
The ship was able to carry 45 armored personnel carriers and 400 people, she said.
As part of what Moscow calls a “special military operation” launched almost a month ago, Russian forces seized most of the Ukrainian coast along the Sea of Azov except Mariupol, which refused to surrender. give.
“It does not matter what kind of forces and resources were inflicted on the enemy – we can definitely say that this operation was successful,” Oleksander Motuzyanyk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, said in a televised briefing.
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