Ukrainian forces have reportedly attacked and damaged a Russian Navy logistics support vessel in the Black Sea, according to multiple media reports.
Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesperson for the Odesa regional military administration, confirmed the attack against the Vsevolod Bobrov, a multi-purpose logistics support ship delivered only recently in August 2021.
The ship reportedly sustained damage and was set on fire.
“As a result of the actions of our Navy, the Vsevolod Bobrov logistics ship, one of the newest in the Russian fleet, set on fire. They say she is limping toward Sevastopol,” Bratchuk said, according to Ukrainian media reports.
The Vsevolod Bobrov was built for the Russian Navy by Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is the second of three Logistics Support Vessels in the Elbrus-class/Project 23120, designed for a range of operations including dry cargo transport, towing, fleet escort, and salvage and rescue. The vessel also features an ice-strengthened hull.
The attack on the Vsevolod Bobrov, if confirmed, follows the sinking of the Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, in April. Russia’s defense ministry eventually confirmed multiple casualties from that incident.
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