Cargo Vessels Become Victims Of Russia-Ukraine War
A Turkish cargo vessel from Ukraine’s Odessa en-route Romania was bombed in the waters of Black Sea. The vessel ”Jupiter” was sailing with the flag of the Marshall Islands. It is operated by YASA Shipping. So far, zero casualties have happened and the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs in Turkey has reportedly mentioned that the vessel had not requested any aid, per Sputnik News.
According to another update, a third attack was recorded on a civilian vessel. The past two were on Russian cargo transporters, which were attacked in the Azov Sea by the Ukrainian military. The attack resulted in serious injuries to one of the crew members.
Casualties, from both sides, have been surfacing. The most recent one is a Ukrainian military plane crash that had 14 passengers. Of these, five had died in the crash. The Ministry of Internal Affairs in Ukraine informed that the plane crash transpired near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. On the Russian side, Ukraine had claimed that it had reportedly shot fighter planes and Russian military helicopters and captured two soldiers.
Russia has been bombing Ukraine since Vladimir Putin called for a ‘military operation’ in the neighbouring country on February 24. Putin announced in a televised appearance to declare that he desires demilitarizing the Volodymyr Zelensky-led nation. While several countries have been condemning Russia’s attack, India’s PM Modi called for an urgent meeting for chalking out strategies to evacuate stranded Indians.
According to the Pivdennyi Traffic Control Post and the Port Captain’s Service of the Southern Branch of the AMPU State Enterprise, a missile hit the stern of the NAMURA QUEEN vehicle at the anchorage №358 at 12:55.
The ship under the flag of Panama was heading to the port of South to load grain. It is currently known that part of the equipment has been disabled. A fire broke out on the ship, a fire tow was called. The tugboat “P&O STAR” has come to the rescue. The situation is under control.
Also, according to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 12 kilometres from the port of the Southern Ship of the Russian Federation lined up the bunker “MILLENNIUM SPIRIT” (under the flag of Moldova).
UPD According to the service of the port captain of the Odessa branch of the State Enterprise “AMPU”, the missiles hit at 12:10 in anchorage 355. The ship was carrying 600 tons of fuel oil and diesel on board.
According to preliminary reports, the vessel was shelled by a Russian warship. One missile struck the superstructure, the other the minesweeper. A fire could have caused an environmental disaster if it exploded. But instead, the crew members found themselves in the water and invited help.
Tugs Breeze-1, Victory, PK-888, KPL-99 were sent to the bunker to extinguish the fire. To rescue the crew – SAR 02.
The port of Chornomorsk received a command from the Maritime Search and Rescue Service – to provide a berth with ambulances to assist ten crew members of the “Millennial Spirit”. Two crew members in serious condition, including the ship’s captain, were burned and had a broken arm. Others are in satisfactory condition.
At 14:15, the victims were taken to the port of Chernomorsk. They are being taken by ambulance to a local hospital. A bunker truck is at anchor. The situation is under control.
Reference: swissinfo.ch / Міністерство оборони України