Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Ukraine shows how army destroyed Russian ship Saratov last year
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, has showed how the troops destroyed the Saratov, the Russian ship in the port of the Ukrainian city of Berdiansk a year ago. The occupiers, in their turn, confirmed the loss of the vessel only recently.
Source: Zaluzhnyi on Telegram; ForPost with reference to the statement of Felix Menkov, occupying "commander" of the Naval Base of Crimea, at the opening of commemorative plaque dedicated to sailors; CrimeaRealii
Quote: "A year ago, on 24 March 2022, the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a missile attack on the Russian base in the port of the temporarily occupied Berdiansk.
Big landing ships – Orsk, Caesar Kunikov, Novocherkask – were damaged, and the Saratov vessel was destroyed.
The myth about the invincibility of the Russian fleet was dispelled with precise attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This has once again proven an undeniable fact: the enemy will know no peace on the Ukrainian land, neither on land nor on sea."
Залужний показав, як ЗСУ знищили російський корабель “Саратов” у Бердянську рік тому pic.twitter.com/CQbyUtknSL
— Українська правда ✌️ (@ukrpravda_news) March 24, 2023
Details: Meanwhile, the occupiers confirmed the loss of the ship during combat action only on the anniversary of the destruction of the ship near the city of Sevastopol, which is the HQ of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
At the opening of the commemorative plaque dedicated to the fallen sailors of landing ships, Russia-appointed Crimea Naval Base Commander Felix Menkov claimed that the vessel was "lost in the course of combat action": "A year ago, during combat action we lost a landing ship, the combat landing ship Saratov. We also lost the crews of the ships Saratov, Novocherkask, Caesar Kunikov".
The CrimeaRealii media outlet stressed that this is the first official confirmation of the loss of a ship during combat action. Earlier, the Russian military denied the losses when these landing ships were struck with Ukrainian missiles.
On 24 March 2022, in the Russian-occupied port of Berdiansk, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed a large landing ship Saratov of the occupiers' Black Sea Fleet. The fire spread to other ships, fuel and ammunition.
The commanders of the two damaged landing ships in Berdiansk turned out to be traitors to Ukraine who defected to Russia in 2014.
The American company Maxar Technologies showed satellite images of the destroyed large landing ship Saratov.
Russian occupiers brought up the sunk landing ship and sent it to the occupied Crimea for maintenance.
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