The 30-year-old vessel was moored in the southern port of Mykolaiv for repairs. However, it was flooded intentionally and laid to rest in the harbor. The scuttling had taken place on the very first day of the invasion. A local MP named Oleksiy Goncharenko said that the vessel’s fate was not right away made public by the authorities.
Oleksii Reznikov, the defence minister of Ukraine, mentioned on a Facebook post that the VMSU flagship’s commander carried out an order to flood the ship so the frigate ‘Hetman Sagaidachny’, that was undergoing repair, did not end up reaching the enemy.
Oleksiy Arestovich, who is an adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, the president has recently mentioned that Ukrainian forces managed to foil an attempt by Russian soldiers to take control of Mykolaiv, which is a major Black Sea port and shipbuilding hub situated along the Southern Bug River estuary.
⚡️Ukrainian Navy sinks its flagship so that Russians don’t get it.
Frigate Hetman Sahaidachny was under repairs in Mykolaiv. The commander was ordered to sink it, according to Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
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— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 4, 2022
The city comprising of almost 500,000 lies toward the east of Kherson, a port city that was taken over by Russia this week. He further added that Ukrainian artillery defended Odesa from several attempts by Russian vessels to start firing. Odesa is Ukraine’s largest port city and also is home to a significantly big naval base.
Moscow by Friday was in control of a big stretch of the southeast coast of Ukraine and locations on the northern and eastern fringes of the country that lies along the Belarusian and Russian borders.
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