Russian air strikes have sunk US Island-class cutter given to Ukraine
KYIV, ($1=29.38 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — On March 8, Russian airstrikes sank the Iceland-class patrol boat given to Ukraine by the United States, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. The news of the sinking of Slavyansk (P 190) – an Iceland-class patrol boat in the Ukrainian Navy was spread by word of mouth. However, the Ukrainian Navy has officially confirmed the sinking of the boat, as well as officials confirmed the Russian airstrikes. The British edition Jane’s also confirmed the sinking of the Ukrainian cutter.
The Ukrainian Navy says part of the crew has been rescued, but others remain unaccounted for and the search continues. On March 10, Russian media were the first to spread the news of the sinking of the Ukrainian patrol boat. At the time, however, there was no conclusive evidence as to whether this was the case and the reason, although some media speculated that the boat had been sunk by Ukrainians, as they had done with the only Ukrainian frigate, Hetman Sahaidachni, in the port of Odesa.
BulgarianMilitary.com continues to monitor what is happening in Ukraine after the Russian invasion of the country. Confirming one news or another is difficult, as Russian and Ukrainian propaganda channels and techniques constantly broadcast information almost impossible to be confirmed.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
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