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Geopolitics

Ukraine Sinks a Polish-built Russian Warship

Large Kaliningrad landing ship, Project 775/II (Ropucha-class). After the full-scale war in Ukraine began, it was deployed in the Black Sea theatre, along with two other vessels of the Baltic Fleet's 71st Landing Ship
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Ukrainian naval drones reportedly sunk the „Cesar Kunikov” Project 775 (NATO Codename Ropucha) landing ship.

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Ukrainska Pravda is the media outlet that published a report on that matter. The information released has not been confirmed. However, the Project 775 vessels, built at the Bohaterów Westerplatte Stocznia Północna (Northern Shipyard) in Gdańsk, for the USSR Navy, during the Communist Poland era (Warsaw Pact), had already been targeted by drones (one vessel was damaged), and the Storm Shadow cruise missiles.

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Recording of the attack was released by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (HUR MO or GUR MO):

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If the reports turn out to be true, this would be the second case in which a warship is sunk in the Black Sea, by unmanned systems. The first one was the Tarantul-class „Ivanovets” corvette.

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