Russian logistics ship ‘on fire in Black Sea after Ukrainian strike’

A Russian logistics ship caught fire after being rammed in the Black Sea, forcing it to return to port, according to a Ukrainian official.

Vsevolod Bobrov was apparently hit off Snake Island and left “limping” towards Sevastopol.

Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration, said: “As a result of the actions of our navy, the logistics ship Vsevolod Bobrov, one of the newest in the Russian fleet, caught fire. They say she limps towards Sevastopol.

However, the spokesperson added that “the information still needs to be clarified”, and The Independent was unable to verify the report.

Mr Bratchuk said the ship was “brand new”, having arrived at its base in Sevastopol on February 17, a week before Russia launched its invasion.

Snake Island, a remote outcrop taken by Russia on the first day of the invasion and the scene of further fighting in recent days, is located near the maritime border between Ukraine and Romania.

According to the British Ministry of Defence, Ukraine is targeting Russian air defenses and supply ships on Snake Island in a bid to disrupt Moscow’s efforts to extend its control over the coastline.

Last month, the Russian warship Moscow was destroyed in the Black Sea, dealing a humiliating blow to the Kremlin’s naval war effort.

While Moscow claims the Black Sea flagship sank after a fire caused an explosion of munitions, Ukraine said it targeted the ship with missiles.

Since Russia was forced to abandon an assault on the capital kyiv in late March, its main force has been trying to surround Ukrainian troops in Donbass.

In Odessa, in the south, firefighters battled blazes until the early hours of Tuesday after seven Russian missiles hit a shopping center and a depot on Monday. One person was killed and five people were injured, the Ukrainian armed forces said.

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