“Hunted for a long time”: Ukrainian amphibious assault ship destroyed
The Ukrainian Navy ship Yuriy Olefirenko has been sunk during the latest attack on Odessa port.
This, reports a PolitNavigator correspondent, citing his sources, military correspondent Andrey Rudenko said.
According to information from a Ukrainian source, the medium landing ship Yuri Olefirenko was destroyed in an overnight strike on military facilities in the port of Odessa. A fire reportedly broke out on the deck, which caused the detonation of ammunition in the hold. The Yuri Olefirenko then sank. There are significant losses among the ship’s crew,” Rudenko wrote in his blog yesterday.
This information was confirmed in the Tg channel Rybar, which is run by military analyst Mikhail Zvinchuk.
Confirmed. The Ukrainian Navy’s medium landing ship Yuriy Olefirenko was hit by a missile strike on the port infrastructure of Odessa. Due to the damage sustained, the ship, according to preliminary reports, has been sunk. It has been hunted for a long time,” the publication said.
It is noted that at the beginning of the conflict, this ship operated in the Dnieper-Bug estuary and from its side the Ukrainian armed forces fired at the Kherson region from Grad MLRS launchers placed on it.
And it subsequently departed first for the port of Yuzhny and then on to Odessa. The Ukrainian authorities used the grain deal to protect it, but after repeated violations of the agreement, the Russian command struck,” Rybar reports details.
Meanwhile, military observer Boris Rozhin reminds us that the Yuri Olefirenko survived last year, although it was damaged.
In 2022 there was also information that it was sunk during the battle near the Kynbirna spit, but in fact it then got light damage from close bursts, but it remained in service,” Rozhin wrote.
The Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed the destruction of the Ukrainian ship in its daily report today.
On 29 May, a Russian Aerospace Defence Forces high-precision weaponry strike on a warship anchorage in the port of Odessa destroyed the last warship of the Ukrainian Navy, the Yuriy Olefirenko,” the Russian defence ministry said.