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Ukrainian captain explains what function destroyed Ivanovets performed in Black Sea

1 February, 2024 Thursday
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Andrii Ryzhenko, a captain of the Ukrainian Navy Reserve, says Ukraine can deprive Russia of the ability to block shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea

He said this on Espreso TV.

"The main task of the Ivanovets boat was to search for and destroy surface targets. Ships with a displacement of 500 tons and above. Due to the fact that this boat was equipped with Moskit missiles, it could destroy large warships. This boat performed a very important function for the Russian Black Sea Fleet. After Russia withdrew from the grain deal, it kept two of these ships permanently in Donuzlav, which is the western part of Crimea, to block shipping to our main ports through the northwestern part of the Black Sea," Ryzhenko explained.

According to the captain of the Ukrainian Navy Reserve, the destroyed boat Ivanovets is a small boat, but potentially very dangerous for us.

"That is, such boats appeared from Lake Donuzlav, took up a firing position near Cape Tarkhankut, and with their missiles could destroy any surface vessel in this area. Our military caught the moment when it was leaving Lake Donuzlav and attacked it with marine drones. The munition detonated, the ship exploded and sank. It was an interesting tactical move. Gradually, we can deprive the enemy of the ability to block shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea," Ryzhenko emphasized.

  • On the night of January 31-February 1, soldiers with the Ukrainian military intelligence's Group 13 special unit destroyed Russia's missile corvette Ivanovets.

For reference. According to the Militarnyi website, the Project 12411 boat Ivanovets was launched in 1989 at the Srednenevsky Shipyard in St. Petersburg. It is designed to combat enemy surface targets. For this purpose, the boat is armed with a 76-millimeter AK-176 artillery system and four launchers for P-270 Moskit anti-ship cruise missiles. The anti-aircraft component of the ship is represented by two six-barrel 30-mm AK-630M guns.

On July 21, 2023, during training exercises in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, the Ivanovets sank the Ukrainian corvette Ternopil, captured in 2014, with an anti-ship cruise missile.

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