ANOTHER Russian warship was reportedly destroyed after the navy ship was caught in a mysterious fire.
Ukrainian military sources claim that one of the Russian Navy’s logistics ships was hit by a Neptune missile while supplying Putin’s forces on Snake Island.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, claimed that the vessel hit was a new auxiliary ship called Vsevolod Bobrov.
The logistics vessel is just under 95m long and weighs around 4,900 tonnes.
It was released in 2016.
The stricken ship, which was destroyed in the fire, reportedly fled back to the port city of Sevastopol in Russian-controlled Crimea.
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was using the Vsevolod Bobrov as a landing ship to supply Cobra Island.
It was previously claimed that the fire may have started by accident, but later reports say the scale of the fire could only have been caused by a powerful anti-ship cruise missile, such as the Neptune, which was responsible for the sinking of the Russian ship. flagship missile cruiser, the Moskva.
The powerful attack reportedly took place on Wednesday night, while the ship was bringing a Pantsir missile system to Russian troops on the island.
A regional spokesman in Odesa, Sergey Bratchuk, announced the news for the first time.
Writing on the messaging app Telegram, he said: “As a result of the actions of our Navy, the logistical vessel Vsevolod Bobrov, one of the newest in the Russian fleet, was set on fire.
“They say she’s limping towards Sevastopol.”
He said “the information has not yet been clarified”, but added: “The fact that she suffered a ‘snake bite’ in the Snake Island area is true.”
Russia’s navy has only two of these logistical warships, and the other, the Elbrus, is currently docked in the Russian Arctic port of Murmansk.
As of Thursday morning, Ukraine’s official statistics on Russian losses showed that another ship had been destroyed the day before, but gave no further details.
Ukraine’s military alleges that a total of 13 Russian warships and boats, including its main missile cruiser Moskva, have been destroyed since the war began on February 24.
At least six of these ships were attacked near Snake Island.
The fact that she suffered a ‘snake bite’ in the Cobras Island area is true
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Russian Navy warship Admiral Makarov had been hit by Ukrainian Neptune missiles.
Video footage circulating on social media showed clouds of black smoke rising in the Makarov’s sky.
The new missile frigate was considered a valuable target for Ukrainian missile crews as one of the most modern ships in the Russian Navy.
Last week, aerial footage appeared to show the destruction of a large Serna-type landing craft on Snake Island in an airstrike.
In the video, a drone appears to be locking onto a target before unleashing its powerful payload on the unsuspecting Russians.
Thick black smoke was seen rising in satellite photos after the attack.
Serpent Island – also known as Serpent Island or Zmiinyi Island – is a Ukrainian territory in the Black Sea.
In 1842, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Empire built the Cobra Island Lighthouse.
During World War I, the island housed a wireless station operated by Russia as part of its alliance with Romania.
After World War II, the Soviet Union took control of the island, but it was inherited by Ukraine when the USSR fell in 1990.
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