This Friday, the Ukrainian authorities assured that they managed to sink the Vasily Bech, a star ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which would have been seriously damaged by Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The Russian ship was heading to the “Island of Serpents”, located in the maritime zone -near the Danube delta- when he was hit by Ukrainian shells.
“Later it became known that it sank,” the military governor of the port city of Odessa, Maxim Marchenko, reported in a video posted on his Telegram channel. The Harpoon missiles, with which the Russian ship was attacked, were previously sent by Denmark.
According to reports, the ship sank and Ukrainian military officials said the tug was “completely demilitarized” and that now “Moscow is no longer alone”, referring to the sunken cruiser.
“So many Harpoons have been delivered to us that we can sink the entire Russian Black Sea fleet,” Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration, warned when Ukraine received these shells at the end of May.
The ‘Vasily Bech’ is not the first ship the Russian Navy has lost in the Black Sea during the war. On May 14, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the flagship of its fleet in the Black Sea, the ‘Moskva’, sank while being towed after suffering a fire as a result of an attack by the Ukrainian Army.
The ‘Island of Snakes’ is located about 35 kilometers away from the Ukrainian coast and has become one of the symbols of the country’s resistance due to the refusal of the Ukrainian Border Guard military to surrender to Russian troops. at the beginning of the invasion.