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No Russian warships have entered Black Sea for four days in row

Friday, 8 March 2024, 16:19
No Russian warships have entered Black Sea for four days in row
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Russia has not sent warships into the Black Sea for four days in a row.

Source: Captain 3rd Rank (equivalent to Lieutenant Commander) Dmytro Pletenchuk, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Navy, during the national joint 24/7 newscast

Quote: "The Black Sea has been free of Russian warships for four days now. One vessel continues to be on duty in the Sea of Azov, north of the so-called Crimean Bridge."


Details: Pletenchuk added that since Russian missile carriers are now docked in the eastern part of the Black Sea, Russia is experiencing more challenges in preparing for large-scale attacks on Ukraine than it used to.


  • On 5 March, during the national joint 24/7 newscast, Dmytro Pletenchuk reported that no Russian warships had been spotted in the Black Sea since the sinking of the Sergei Kotov.
  • Earlier on 5 March, it was reported that explosions were heard in Kerch on the night of 4-5 March, and the Crimean Bridge was closed to traffic for over eight hours. A Russian railway company operating passenger trains to temporarily occupied Crimea said trains were stopped near the Crimean Bridge. Russian media reported that drones had sunk the patrol ship Sergei Kotov. 
  • Defence Intelligence of Ukraine (DIU) later confirmed that the Sergei Kotov, a Russian Project 22160 patrol ship, had been struck by Ukrainian naval drones on the night of 4-5 March.
  • DIU said the Sergei Kotov was sunk as a result of an attack by Ukrainian Magura V5 drones.
  • The attack on the Sergei Kotov by uncrewed surface vessels caused fatalities and injuries, DIU representative Andrii Yusov said.

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