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Ukraine kills ship commander in recent attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet vessels in occupied Crimea

On the night of November 10, the HUR conducted a successful operation in Crimea, hitting two Russian boats
On the night of November 10, the HUR conducted a successful operation in Crimea, hitting two Russian boats

Ukraine killed Senior Ensign Denis Nikitin, who commanded a Russian Project 11770 Serna-class landing craft, in its Nov. 10 attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet vessels moored near the village of Chornomorske in occupied Crimea, Russian propaganda outlets reported on Nov. 23.

He was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage and was buried in Russian city of Novorossiysk on Nov. 20.

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Two more Russian landing craft were added to the list of Russian Black Sea Fleet vessels destroyed or damaged by Ukraine on Nov. 10. The landing craft were carrying crews and loaded armored vehicles, including BTR-82 personnel carriers, at the time of the attack, said Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR).

Russia has been using small Serna-class landing craft since the beginning of its invasion of Ukraine. The Russian military has been actively using them to transfer military equipment and troops to occupy Zmiyinyi Island (Snake Island).

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