Russian warship damaged in Nov. 4 missile attack is newly built, not yet part of Black Sea Fleet

The ship Askold is still afloat, but its upper part is visibly damaged, satellite images show
The ship Askold is still afloat, but its upper part is visibly damaged, satellite images show

The Askold, a Russian cruise missile carrier damaged in a missile attack on Kerch, is a newly built warship that has not yet been commissioned into the Black Sea Fleet, Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk said on Nov. 6.

The Askold was hit by a missile on Nov. 4. At the time, it was under repair at a shipyard in Kerch, located on the east coast of the occupied Crimean peninsula.

"Since it has not yet been commissioned into the fleet, it is a newly built ship. It is a small Project 22800 Karakurt warship, the same as the Cyclone, which was commissioned less than ayear and a half ago,” Pletenchuk said.

The Askold was reportedly equipped with eight cruise missile launchers as well as the Pantsir S-1 air defense system. Notably, the ship was also reported to be equipped with stealth technology.

The attack on the Askold in Kerch: what is known

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged that a ship at the shipyard was damaged in the Ukrainian missile strike.

Read also: Video shows moment Ukraine’s Storm Shadow missiles strike Russian Fleet in Kerch

One of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s most modern ships, capable of carrying Russia’s Kalibr cruise missiles, was the target of the Nov. 4 strike in the Kerch shipyard, confirmed Ukrainian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk.

Ukrainian pilots targeted the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch with cruise missiles, his earlier report said, hinting that Storm Shadow cruise missiles were used in the attack.

While cautioning to wait for official confirmation, Oleshchuk said that "one of the most modern ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet," a Kalibr cruise missile carrier, the Askold, was at the shipyard at the time of the attack.

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