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