Russian forces attack three Ukrainian vessels in March — Bild

Удари по військових кораблях
Удари по військових кораблях

Russian forces, having lost part of their Black Sea fleet, have initiated attacks on Ukrainian military vessels, described as "largely symbolic" by Bild on Telegram on March 21.

Russian forces damaged two Ukrainian patrol boats and a landing ship in March, not in open waters, but in the delta of the Southern Buh River near Mykolaiv, approximately 40-50 kilometers from the front line, the publication said.

"Russian attacks on ships are not at all similar to Ukrainian ones," Bild said.

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Russia employed Lancet drones for each of the three strikes, causing "not too extensive damages above the waterline" to the Ukrainian ships, preventing any of them from sinking.

The damaged Ukrainian ships were patrolling in Mykolaiv Oblast and were not engaged in offensive functions, the publication said.

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Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk said on Feb. 15 that only five of the 13 large landing ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet remained.

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