Three killed on Russian landing craft that struck mine near Mariupol, mayor’s advisor says

3 July, 04:29 PM
A Russian amphibious boat blew up on a mine near Mariupol (illustrative photo) (Photo:Black Sea Fleet)

A Russian amphibious boat blew up on a mine near Mariupol (illustrative photo) (Photo:Black Sea Fleet)

Three Russian sailors died when their landing craft hit a mine and blew up near the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andryushchenko, wrote on June 30 via Telegram.

The craft was identified as D-106, a 1176 Shark landing craft of the Black Sea Fleet.

“Three sailors are already singing songs for the fish, along with Kobzon,” Andryushchenko wrote, referring to a deceased Russian singer, Iosif Kobzon.

Andryushchenko also said that a service station warehouse with things stolen by the invaders caught on fire in the Vostochny district on the city’s left bank at about 5 p.m. on July 2. According to him, the employees of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations did not have time to "rescue" the stolen goods.

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“Yet another careless cigarette-end repaid the robbers,” said Andryushchenko. “Mariupol does not accept occupation, and begins retaliation even in the rear of the invaders.”

Earlier, he said the Russian military had begun to conduct searches and checks due to the growing resistance of the population near Mariupol.

The city was besieged by Russian invasion forces for more than four months. The actions of the Russian military have led to a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe. The invaders bombed residential areas of the city and civilian infrastructure and blocked humanitarian aid, and killed at least 25,000 residents there, Ukrainian authorities say.

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, reported that due to problems with the water supply, the city is at risk of an infectious diseases disaster, and more than 10,000 people may die by the end of the year.

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