The Black Sea Fleet is getting weaker. Journalists from Russia estimate losses
Before the invasion of Ukraine, the Black Sea Fleet consisted of 275 ships and other units. There were only 58 combat units among them, and 74 including patrol boats. At least 12 of them were sunk or badly damaged – estimates the Project based on the analysis of publicly available data.
The group of 74 combat units of the Black Sea Fleet includes the Moscow cruiser, seven submarines, seven large amphibious assault ships, five patrol ships, 18 small missile and anti-submarine units, and 36 cutters and patrol vessels.
The project reminds of the destruction in the spring by Ukrainian forces the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moscow. The Russian losses also include: the minesweeper Ivan Golubets, the tugboat Vasily Biech, the large landing ships Saratov and Cezar Kunnikov, the Sierna-class landing craft and six Raptor-class landing-attack boats.
The website also reminds that under the USSR, the Black Sea Fleet numbered more than 800 units, and after the collapse of the USSR, there was a dispute between Russia and Ukraine about its division. He believes that the Black Sea Fleet was to some extent the cause of the conflict between the two countries, which “exploded with new force in 2014”. At that time, Russia annexed Crimea, including Sevastopol, where it maintained the base of its Black Sea Fleet under the 1997 agreement with Ukraine.
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