The Ministry of Defense of Russia has confirmed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces hit the large landing ship Novocherkassk in occupied Feodosia (Crimea) with missiles fired from Su-24 aircraft on the night of 25-26 December.
The ship was likely full of ammunition or drones from Iran since Russia shares a border with North Korea. The is after Russia has lost at least 5 fighter jets in the past week. Despite losses in equipment and massive human losses Putin seems obvious as if nothing is happening. In an environment where standing in red square with a blank piece of paper can get you arrested and jailed for up to 10 years it seems the Russian people will keep their heads down and not speak out against their authoritarian government. The economic and human losses will set Russia back at least 20 years if not more.
Source: Kremlin-aligned state-owned news agency RIA Novosti, citing the Russian Defense Ministry; Sergey Aksyonov, Russian-appointed sham “governor” of occupied Crimea.
Details: The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the large landing ship Novocherkassk was damaged in Feodosia last night “during the repelling of an attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine using air-guided missiles.”
The Russian ministry claims that “two Ukrainian Su-24s that were launching missiles were destroyed by air defense during anti-aircraft combat.”
For his part, Russian-appointed sham “governor” of occupied Crimea Aksyonov said that one person had been killed and two injured as a result of the attack on Feodosia.
He said that six buildings had been damaged – mostly windows were shattered.
Quote from Aksyonov: “Six people were evacuated to temporary accommodation points, the rest of the residents were accommodated with relatives and friends. Transport infrastructure is working normally, there are no restrictions on passenger traffic,” Aksyonov assured.
Overnight, Aksyonov reported an attack in the area of Feodosia, an explosion and a fire. He announced that residents of several buildings would be relocated.
The Ukrainian Air Force reported that Ukrainian tactical aircraft had attacked the Novocherkassk, a large landing ship from the Russian Black Sea Fleet, in the area of Feodosia with cruise missiles at around 02:30 on 26 December.
Background: Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk confirmed that Ukrainian forces had blown up the Novocherkassk, a Ropucha-class landing ship belonging to the Russian Navy, in Feodosiia, a port city in Russian-occupied Crimea. Source Ukraine Pravda.