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Ukrainian Navy reacts to sinking Tsezar Kunikov, recalling Putin's words

Ukrainian Navy reacts to sinking Tsezar Kunikov, recalling Putin's words Spokesperson for the Ukrainian Navy, Dmytro Pletenchuk ( Taclbery)

The Ukrainian Navy commented on the destruction of the large Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov, recalling the words of Kremlin's head Vladimir Putin during the tragedy with the submarine Kursk in 2000, says the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Navy, Dmytro Pletenchuk.

"As the President of the Russian Federation said at the time, 'it sank' (referring to Putin's words about the submarine Kursk, which sank in 2000 in the Barents Sea with 118 crew members). So, in fact, we can comment on the situation with the large Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov using his words," he said. "Once again, colleagues from the Defence Intelligence have successfully dealt with another unnecessary object in the Black Sea."

He also referred to the destruction of the ship on the day of the death of Soviet officer Tsezar Kunikov, after whom the vessel was named, as "a stroke of bad luck."

"It may be bad luck, not every Tsezar manages to die twice in one day," said Pletenchuk.

He added that currently, after the destruction of this Russian ship, only five out of 13 ships of the Black Sea Fleet remain in service in the Black Sea.

Destruction of the Tsezar Kunikov

Near the shores of the temporarily occupied Crimea on February 14, explosions were heard, and smoke was visible at sea. Witnesses reported that the explosions were caused by a fire on one of the Russian ships.

Later, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces officially confirmed that the Defence Intelligence and the Armed Forces of Ukraine had destroyed the Russian large landing ship Tsezar Kunikov.

The Ukrainian intelligence stated that it was destroyed near Alupka near the shores of Crimea. The ship was attacked by the Magura V5 strike sea drones. The reconnaissance team showed a video of the operation.