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A Russian warship was destroyed by Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Navy

After the Moskva, this Russian ship sunk by Ukrainian missiles according to Ukraine and the United States, the Serna? Ukraine claimed this Saturday, May 7, to have destroyed a Russian landing ship near the small Snake Island in the Black Sea, which has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion launched at the end of February. A Bayraktar TB2 combat drone, developed in Turkey, “hit a landing ship of the 11770 Serna project as well as two Tor-type surface-to-air missile systems”, the Ukrainian navy said on Facebook, without specifying the date. “The traditional parade of the Russian fleet on May 9 this year will take place near Serpents’ Island, at the bottom of the sea,” quipped the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on Twitter.

Moscow did not confirm the information on its side. On videos published by the Ukrainian army, we can see in particular a ship anchored near a quay hit by an explosion then ravaged by flames and spreading a large plume of smoke. 26 meters long, the Serna belongs to a class of fast Russian landing craft with a payload capacity of 45 tons. It is armed with 7.62 mm caliber machine guns and Igla missile launchers and was designed for landing combat vehicles, as well as assault units.

Serpents’ Island, a symbol for the Ukrainian army

Previously, the Ukrainian army had claimed in early May to have bombed two Russian Raptor-class patrol boats off Serpents’ Island, also hit by Bayraktar TB2 combat drones. In mid-April, the Russian flagship Moskva sank in the Black Sea after having, according to kyiv and Washington, been hit by Ukrainian missiles. Moscow had claimed for its part that it had been damaged by an explosion on board. Serpents’ Island has become a symbol in Ukraine since a radio exchange, which went viral on social networks, in which, on the first day of the conflict, Ukrainian border guards shouted “Fuck you, Russian military ship!” to the Russian cruiser, the Moskva, which ordered them to surrender.

Shortly after this exchange, the ship had bombarded the island, the Russians taking control of it, and the Ukrainian soldiers had been taken prisoner. They were later released in a prisoner exchange with Moscow. The recording of this verbal exchange had served as a leitmotiv for the Ukrainian resistance, the invective of the border guards even appearing on placards during demonstrations of support abroad, and on Ukrainian stamps.

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