"Ukraine basically ejected Russia's Black Sea Fleet from Crimea": Russia redeploys ships after Novocherkassk attack
Strikes on the ports of the temporarily occupied Crimea forced Russia to relocate its Black Sea Fleet ships away from danger
Bloomberg writes about it.
"No Crimean port is safe any more for Russian warships. Ukraine has basically ejected the fleet from Crimea," said Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow.
In total, Russia has lost at least 20 vessels, including warships, a submarine and a landing boat, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
The outlet suggests that the attacks have increased pressure on Russian defenses on the peninsula, but they are likely to have a limited impact on the development of hostilities.
"Russia hasn’t commented on the location of its Black Sea fleet, though satellite images indicated vessels likely moved from Sevastopol following the strike on the headquarters," the report said.
The outlet added that after the attack on Novocherkassk ship, the Russian fleet is now essentially reliant on Novorossiysk.
The destruction of Novocherkassk landing ship
At night, on December 26, residents of Feodosia in Russian-occupied Crimea reported loud explosions over the city. Later, the head of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mykola Oleshchuk, confirmed the information about the destruction of the large landing ship Novocherkassk.
The Air Force also reported that the large landing ship Novocherkassk was attacked by cruise missiles from tactical aircraft around 02:30 a.m. The Air Force reported it as destroyed.
Operational Command South’s press center head Natalia Humeniuk said during the telethon that the large detonation was caused not just by fuel or ammunition from the ship itself, but probably by the cargo on board.
Instead, Krym.Realii reported that two Russian warships left Feodosia Bay a few hours after the Ukrainian military attacked the port and the Novocherkassk landing ship.
The Russians sent a large group of operatives to Feodosia to investigate the destruction of the Novocherkassk landing ship, Atesh reports.Later, journalists noticed a large convoy of grain trucks on the Feodosia bypass road after the Ukrainian army attacked the port of Feodosia. It was moving in the direction of Kerch.