MOSCOW ($1=61.09 Russian Rubles) — Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Black Sea Fleet has lost at least 12 ships and cutters – sunk or badly damaged; it is about 15 percent. its composition, which includes 74 combat units, is estimated by the independent Russian portal Proekt.
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Before the invasion of Ukraine, the Black Sea Fleet consisted of 275 ships and other units. Among them were only 58 combat units and 74, including patrol boats. At least 12 of them were sunk or badly damaged, the Project estimates based on the analysis of publicly available data.
The group of 74 combat units of the Black Sea Fleet includes the cruiser “Moskva”, seven submarines and seven large amphibious ships, five patrol ships, 18 small missile, and anti-submarine units, and 36 cutters and patrol ships.
The project recalls the destruction of the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moskva, by Ukrainian forces in the spring. Russian losses also included: the minesweeper Ivan Golubets, the tug Vasily Bich, the large amphibious assault ships Saratov and Caesar Kunnikov, the Sierna-class amphibious assault ship, and six Raptor-class amphibious assault boats.
The portal also recalls that during the time of the USSR, the Black Sea Fleet had over 800 units, and after the collapse of the USSR, there was a dispute between Russia and Ukraine about its division. He believes that the Black Sea Fleet is to some extent the cause of the conflict between the two countries, which “exploded with new force in 2014.” At the time, Russia annexed Crimea, including Sevastopol, where it kept its Black Sea Fleet base under a 1997 agreement with Ukraine.
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