Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded servicemen of the Ukrainian HUR military intelligence service who destroyed Russia’s guided missile corvette Ivanovets, reported the President's Office website on Feb. 3.
Russia "feels the pain" from the actions of the HUR servicemen, Zelenskyy said, adding that the naval drones hit the hull of the Russian missile ship six times.
“You have done a lot,” Zelenskyy said.
“Defense Intelligence warriors have done a lot both on land and at sea. Russia truly feels the pain from your actions, from the actions of your brothers in arms, and it is crucial that the Russian instigators of this war suffer its consequences daily."
The President awarded the intelligence officers with the Orders of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi of the Second and Third Degrees and the Orders for Courage of the Third Degree.
HUR reported the sinking of Ivanovets, saying that Ukrainian naval drones scored several direct hits on the ship’s hull.
HUR Chief Kyrylo Budanov said that the boat was hit six times by the Ukrainian naval drone MAGURA V5.
The sinking of Ivanovets is a "very significant loss" for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Ukrainian Navy said on Feb. 1.
During naval wargames in July 2023, Russia fired a Moskit missile from Ivanovets, sinking the Ukrainian corvette Ternopil. Ternopil was captured by Moscow in 2014 during the occupation of Crimea.
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