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Air Force commander says Ukraine destroyed Russia’s missile carrier in Kerch

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Ukraine's Air Force Commander confirmed on Sunday that Ukrainian forces have sunk one of the “most advanced ships” of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, a Kalibr cruise missile carrier.

Commander Mykola Oleshchuk had reported on Saturday that Ukrainian Air Force pilots launched successful strikes on Kerch, probably sinking one of the most modern ships of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, capable of carrying Kalibr cruise missiles, according to a statement.

Additionally, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) said: “On the evening of November 4, the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched successful strikes on the maritime and port infrastructure of Zalyv Shipyard in the temporarily occupied city of Kerch,” according to state news agency Ukrinform.

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Oleshchuk said at the time of the announcement that he hoped another warship followed the “Moskva” – a guided missile cruiser of the Russian Navy Ukraine destroyed in April 2022 using Neptune anti-ship missiles.

On Sunday, Oleshchuk confirmed that the Air Force strikes on Kerch sunk what he said was one of Russia’s most modern warships.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that air defenses shot down 13 of 15 Ukrainian cruise missiles targeting a shipyard in Kerch, damaging a Russian ship, according to Interfax.

“On November 4, the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a strike with 15 cruise missiles at the B.E. Butoma shipyard in the city of Kerch. Air defense systems shot down 13 cruise missiles,” the Russian ministry said in a statement. It added: “As a result of being hit by an enemy cruise missile, a ship located at the plant was damaged.”

The Russian-appointed head of the Crimea region Sergey Aksyonov said on Saturday that air defense systems have worked over the Butoma Shipyard in Crimea’s Kerch, and that some of the missile debris fell on the premises of a dry dock and there were no casualties, as cited by state news agency TASS.

He said: “Air defenses have operated over the Butoma Shipyard in Kerch, some debris of the downed missiles fell outside one of the dry docks. There are no casualties.”

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