Russian Black Sea Fleet fighting capacity reduced by 15% since February

2 December 2022, 10:25 PM
Cruiser Moskva (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Cruiser Moskva (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

The overall combat capacity of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has declined by 15% during the war, Russian news outlet Proekt.Media reported via Telegram on Dec. 2.

The report says that prior to the full-scale invasion in February, the fleet included 275 vessels, of which only 58 were warships. Together with patrol boats, the Black Sea Fleet had 74 combat units.

Based on publicly-available data, Proekt.Media wrote that at least 12 military vessels were sunk or seriously damaged, over nine months of the war.

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In an interview with NV Radio on Nov. 9, military expert Yigal Levin said that 70% of the Russian Black Sea Fleet was rendered ineffective.

On April 13, Ukraine used Neptune anti-ship missiles to sink missile cruiser Moskva – the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

According Ukrainian sources, only 58 people out of about 500 crew were rescued from the Moskva.

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