Special forces of "Group 13" of the GUR of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine sank the landing ship of the Russian Federation "Cesar Kunikov". The attack took place in the territorial waters of Ukraine near Alupka thanks to Magura V5 marine drones.

TSN.ua collected everything that is known about the operation against the Russian vessel.

On the morning of February 14, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced a UAV attack over the Black Sea. After that, the Crimean public reported that a large amphibious ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation was probably affected.

"Unmanned aerial vehicles were intercepted and destroyed by regular means of air defense over the territories of Belgorod (2 UAVs) and Voronezh (1 UAVs) regions, as well as over the waters of the Black Sea (6 UAVs)," the defense department of the aggressor country said in a statement.

Soon, the Crimean Wind Telegram channel published footage from the attack site and added that opposite the village of Katsyveli, a powerful explosion was heard in the sea, reminiscent of the explosion of a ship's ammunition.

"A strong shock wave. It seems that the ship's ammunition is exploding. It is clear that another ship came to rescue the "sinking man". There is also a submarine nearby," the message said.

Similar information was also made public by Ukrainian journalist Andrii Tsaplienko. He specified that it was about the defeat of the large landing ship of the Russian Federation "Cesar Kunikov".

Shortly after that, the General Staff of the Armed Forces officially confirmed the information spread in the mass media. 

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine, together with units of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, destroyed the large landing ship of the occupiers "Cesar Kunikov", - the military said in a statement.

At the time of the attack, the enemy ship was in the territorial waters of Ukraine near Alupka. 

In turn, the commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Pavlyuk commented on the destruction of the ship and emphasized that the main goal and task of the Defense Forces of Ukraine is "the complete restoration of territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders." 

"The destruction by the Armed Forces of Ukraine together with the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian VDK "Cesar Kunikov" is another confirmation that the enemy cannot walk through Ukrainian territorial waters with impunity. It cannot and will not!" - said Pavlyuk.

How GUR to sink the ship "Cesar Kunikov"

The Main Directorate of Intelligence confirmed that, in cooperation with all components of the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine, on February 14, they destroyed the large amphibious ship Caesar Kunikov of the Black Sea Fleet of the aggressor state. The successful mission was carried out by special forces of "Group 13" of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Scouts reported that the enemy ship was attacked by "Magura V5" sea attack drones near the shores of the temporarily occupied Crimea near the city of Alupka.

"As a result, the "Caesar Kunikov" received critical holes on the left side and began to sink," the HUR said.

The symbolic date of the destruction of "Caesar Kunikov"

The GUR also drew attention to the fact that the ship was named in honor of the Russian officer and commander of the amphibious detachment Caesar Kunikov. He died on February 14, 1943.

On this occasion, the Russians began to express dissatisfaction. They said that Ukraine is destroying the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation as it wants, and Russia cannot do anything about it.

Video of the destruction of the Caesar Kunikov ship

What is known about the ship "Cesar Kunikov": characteristics

The large amphibious ship "Cesar Kunikov" of the 775 project is one of the newest Russian ships. It could accommodate 87 crew members on board and was used by Moscow during the wars against Georgia, Syria and Ukraine.

Thus, "Cesar Kunikov" took part in the operation in Kosovo (1999), the Russo-Georgian war (2008), provided support to the Syrian army (operation "Syrian Express", 2015). Its estimated cost is 60-70 million dollars. 

Military expert Oleksandr Kovalenko said that "Cesar Kunikov" was commissioned in 1986, and was built in Poland at the "Stocznia Polnocna" shipyard in Gdańsk.

"Such ships have recently been used mainly as transport, in the logistics chains of the ROV (Russian occupation forces - ed.), but as an amphibious operation - it is 12 units of armored vehicles and at least 340 amphibious personnel. Therefore, the question is when from the Central Committee ("Caesar Kunikov") what happened happened, it was loaded and I wonder what, was it empty? But even if it was empty, it's still great!" - he wrote.

Kovalenko also added that no shipyard in Russia can build or even fully repair such ships.

Large landing ship of the Russian Federation "Cesar Kunikov" / Photo: UNIAN

Technical characteristics of VDK "Cesar Kunikov":

VDK "Cesar Kunikov" could be used to install mine barriers with various loading options:

The personnel of the landing party - 147 people. Ships of this type have recently been used by the Russians mainly as transport, in the logistic chains of the occupying forces.

The role of "Cesar Kunikov" in the war with Ukraine

A month after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, this large amphibious ship was sunk in a strike on March 24, 2022, in the temporarily occupied port of Berdyansk. 

Then the Russian large landing ship "Saratov" was destroyed, and the large landing ships "Orsk", "Cesar Kunikov" and "Novocherkask" were damaged. 

Large landing ships of the Russian Federation "Cesar Kunikov" and "Novocherkask" / Photo: UNIAN

In April 2022, it became known that the then commander of the VDK "Cesar Kunikov", captain of the 3rd rank Oleksandr Chirva, died as a result of injuries.

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