On the morning of February 14, the Russian large amphibious ship "Tsesar Kunikov" sank in the Black Sea as a result of a Ukrainian attack by a marine unmanned aerial vehicle.

"It was a special operation of the Main Directorate of Intelligence, as a result of the attack "Tesar Kunikov" drowned," Ukrainian Pravda newspaper reported with reference to its sources.

The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has not yet officially commented on this information.

What preceded

On the night of January 31 to February 1, 2024, fighters of the special unit "Group 13" of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense destroyed the missile ship "Ivanovets" of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia.

On August 4, 2022, Ukrainians in Novorossiysk Bay attacked the large landing ship "Olenegorsky Miner" with naval drones and disabled it.

On September 13 last year, as a result of a Ukrainian drone attack on the bay in Sevastopol, the diesel-electric submarine "Rostov-on-Don" and the large landing ship "Minsk" were damaged and caught fire.

On September 22, 2023, it became known about several explosions in occupied Sevastopol. The occupying authorities of Crimea informed about the missile attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.

Following these attacks, according to the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia moved at least 10 of its Black Sea Fleet warships to Novorossiysk from Sevastopol to protect them from Ukrainian attacks.

However, this did not save the fleet from further Ukrainian attacks: on October 11, the Pavel Derzhavin ship, which was located near Sevastopol, was damaged, and in early November, the Askold missile ship, which was located at the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch and had not yet been introduced into the fleet.

On November 10, 2023, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported the damage in Crimea to two small Russian landing ships of the "Serna" type, which were carrying armored vehicles and anti-aircraft defense equipment.

In December, the Ukrainians destroyed the large amphibious ship "Novocharkask".

On May 12, 2022, the Ukrainians destroyed a Russian amphibious assault ship of the Serna type near Zmyai Island.

At the beginning of the Russian military invasion, the missile cruiser "Moskva" sank as a result of a Ukrainian strike.

Russia's war against Ukraine

  • At 5 o'clock in the morning

    on February 24, 2022,

    the head of Russia, Vladimir Putin, announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine in the Donbass at the request of the "DPR" and "LPR" groups. On February 21, during a televised address to Russians, Putin called the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" independent states within the regions. On February 22, the Federation Council ratified this decision.

  • Russian troops attacked, including from the territory of Belarus, using airfields, bases and roads. Representatives of Lukashenka's regime justify the war, his opponents consider the territory of Belarus to be occupied, many call for resistance to the Russian invaders.

  • Contrary to Putin's statements about attacks only on military facilities, the Russians are bombing schools, kindergartens and residential areas of Ukrainian cities.

  • On April 2, 2022, after the liberation of the town of Bucha near Kyiv, photojournalists published dozens of photographs showing hundreds of dead people, victims of mass murders committed by Russian troops. Many are buried in spontaneous mass graves. The Russian occupation also brought great destruction to the people of Barodyan.

  • Since February 24, Russia has captured only one regional center - Kherson. Russian troops retreated from it and from the right-bank part of the Kherson region in November 2022. The city was occupied by Russian troops in the first days of the war without actually fighting.

  • In the fall of 2022, Ukrainian troops launched a large-scale counteroffensive, as a result of which Russian forces left most of their positions in the Kharkiv region.

  • Despite Putin's initial statements that the occupation of Ukrainian territories was not part of the invasion plans, on September 30, 2022, the annexation of four regions of Ukraine (Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Luhansk, and Kherson), including territories that Russia did not control, was announced.

  • On September 21, 2022, Putin announced the mobilization in Russia. After this statement, thousands of Russians went to the border crossings and began to leave for Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Mongolia, Finland and other countries. In Russia itself, opponents of the war set fire to several military commissariats.

  • In 2023, Lukashenko and Putin announced the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus. On June 13, Lukashenka gave an interview to Russian propagandist Volga Skabeeva, from which it appeared that some of the nuclear weapons had already been delivered from the Russian Federation to Belarus. On June 16, Putin also said that the first nuclear charges have already been delivered to the territory of Belarus, and the rest will be moved "by the end of the summer or the end of the year."

  • On August 1, Lukashenka said that more than half of the tactical nuclear weapons planned to be deployed on Belarusian territory have already been "imported and dispersed" across the country. He has repeatedly stated that he will use nuclear weapons in case of aggression against Belarus.

  • In June 2023, Ukrainian troops began counteroffensive operations in the east and south of the country. Russian troops prepared well-fortified defense lines, so the advance of the counteroffensive proceeded with significant losses.

  • On September 3, Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnovsky said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine broke through the first line of defense on the Zaporizhia direction, on which the Russians spent the most resources.

  • At the end of 2023 and at the beginning of 2024, the Russians carried out several mass shelling of Ukrainian cities, dozens of people were killed and injured in Dnipro, Kiev, Kharkiv and other places. In response, the Ukrainian side shelled Russian Belgorod, several people were killed.

  • It is not always possible to independently verify information about military operations provided by officials of various parties.