Ukraine claimed on Saturday it had destroyed a Russian landing ship near the Black Sea Small Snake Island, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion launched in late February.
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A Bayraktar TB2 combat drone developed in Turkey “hit a Project 11770 Serna landing ship and two Tor-type surface-to-air missile systems,” the Ukrainian Navy said on Facebook, without specifying the date.
“The traditional parade of the Russian fleet on May 9 this year will be held near Snake Island on the seabed,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry quipped on Twitter.
For its part, Moscow did not confirm the information.
In particular, on videos released by the Ukrainian army, we can see a ship anchored near a quay, hit by an explosion, then devastated by flames and spreading a large cloud of smoke.
The 26 meter long Serna belongs to a class of fast Russian landing craft with a payload capacity of 45 tons.
Armed with 7.62mm caliber machine guns and Igla rocket launchers, it was designed for landing combat vehicles as well as assault units.
Earlier in May, the Ukrainian army claimed to have bombed two Russian Raptor-class patrol boats off Snake Island, which were also hit by Bayraktar TB2 attack drones.
In mid-April, the Russian flagship Moskva sank in the Black Sea after being hit by Ukrainian missiles, according to Kyiv and Washington. For its part, Moscow had claimed it was damaged by an explosion on board.
The island of snakes has become a symbol in Ukraine since a radio exchange that circulated on social media saw Ukrainian border guards shouting “Fuck you, Russian military ship!” on the first day of the conflict. to the Russian cruiser Moskva, who ordered them to surrender.
Shortly after this exchange, the ship bombed the island, the Russians took control of it, and the Ukrainian soldiers were captured. They were later released in a prisoner exchange with Moscow.
The recording of this exchange served as a leitmotif for the Ukrainian resistance, and the insults at the border guards even appeared on posters at support demonstrations abroad and on Ukrainian postage stamps.