Russia stopped in its tracks as Ukraine wipes out another one of Putin's prized warship

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Russia's fleet in Crimea has almost entirely been relocated away from the region because of Ukraine's continuous attacks.

12:28, Mon, May 20, 2024 | UPDATED: 12:32, Mon, May 20, 2024

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Russia has been using the Black Sea as its main navy headquarters since Crimea's annexation in 2014 (Image: Getty)

Russia has suffered yet another blow to its naval supremacy after Ukraine claimed to have struck its Black Sea Fleet again.

Kyiv's defence forces allegedly destroyed the minesweeper Kovrovets during an overnight attack on Sunday but provided no additional information.

And on Monday, open-source intelligence accounts reported Moscow could have lost the corvette Tsiklon around Crimea as well.

Writing on social media, Ukraine's Defence Ministry said: "Another bad day for the Russian Black Sea Fleet."

Moscow has been using the Crimean peninsula, which it unilaterally annexed in 2014, as the main base for its esteemed naval fleet.

Ukraine marine drone strikes Russia' Black Sea fleet

However, Ukraine's increasing attacks on the region have resulted in substantial losses for the Black Sea Fleet and forced Russia to relocate the majority of its warships to its Novorossiysk base.

Western intelligence has suggested Russia has now restricted its operations in the western Black Sea because Kyiv can more easily target its equipment.

Ukraine's defence forces have targeted several Russian assets in the area since the start of the year, including a missile-armed corvette and landing ships.

US European Command chief, General Christopher Cavoli said last month: "The navy has suffered significantly in the Black Sea.

The Russian Defense Ministry last week said air defences downed 51 Ukrainian drones over Crimea, 44 over the Krasnodar region of Russia, and six over the Belgorod region.

Russian warplanes and patrol boats also destroyed six sea drones in the Black Sea, it said.

At least three fighter jets were destroyed in an earlier attack in Crimea a few days ago, according to satellite imagery of the airbase provided by Maxar Technologies.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Sevastopol, which is the main base for Russia's Black Sea Fleet, said the drone attack damaged the city’s power plant.

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