Over the past 24 hours, the defense forces in the south of Ukraine hit a light civilian boat, that the invaders appropriated and equipped for military purposes, the spokesperson of the Southern operational command, Vladyslav Nazarov, reported on Telegram on Jan. 23.
According to him, the boat was hit during an attempt by an enemy sabotage group to land on one of the Potemkin islands on the Dnipro River, near the city of Kherson. On the morning of Jan. 23, the General Staff reported that one enemy boat had been destroyed in the past day.
“The occupiers will not be able to understand that whatever they arrange for a ‘Russian warship’ Ukrainian fighters will send it only one way, (which is) known to all,” Nazarov added, referring to a colorful phrase first used by Ukrainians in relation to the now-sunken Russian Black Sea flagship, the Moskva.
The phrase was made famous during the initial Russian assault on Ukraine’s Snake Island in the western Black Sea in the first hours of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, when a defending Ukrainian soldier, told to surrender by the Moskva, answered “Russian warship, go f*ck yourself.”
In total, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost 18 warships and military vessels, according to the count kept by the Ukrainian military’s General Staff.