In a highly unexpected development, the Ukrainian military dealt Russian invaders a major blow by destroying a large Russian warship recently showcased in propaganda footage of Moscow state television.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has become a miserable failure for Russia’s once much feared military, with Russian soldiers describing it as a “sh*tshow”, as the all-out meltdown of their units is becoming increasingly obvious.
Using Russia’s Propaganda to Take Out Its Military Assets
On Thursday, the Ukrainians managed to strike and reportedly destroy the Orsk, a large Russian landing ship capable of carrying 20 tanks or 40 armored vehicles.
The Orsk was hit by a Ukrainian missile while it was anchored in the port of Berdyansk, a port city of about 100,000 people on the Sea of Azov. Berdyansk was among the first bigger Ukrainian towns to be captured by the Russians.
The irony about the major blow Ukrainians have managed to deal to Putin’s brutes is the Orsk landing ship was showcased three days ago in a propaganda report on Zvezda TV, the television channel of the Russian military.
Another two pr. 775 landing ships – "Novocherkassk" and "Caesar Kunikov" were damaged too, however they managed to sail away. Presumably, the cause of the incident is a Ukrainian "Tochka-U" ballistic missile hit. pic.twitter.com/dBinch60rd
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 24, 2022
Russian warship destroyed in occupied port of Berdyansk, says Ukraine https://t.co/hXX7l4IOkI
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) March 24, 2022
Russian landing vessel Orsk is now to meet Sponge Bob at the Berdyansk port. pic.twitter.com/bi717aVHbS
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) March 24, 2022
Destroying a Putin ‘Alligator’
The Orsk is a 370-feet long Alligator-class tank carrier of the Russian Navy.
It has become the biggest Russian military vessel to have been destroyed in the war in Ukraine so far. Prior to that, the Ukrainians managed to sink three other Russian ships.
According to H.I. Sutton, a British naval analyst cited by The Daily Mail, there is no doubt what exploded in the port of Berdyansk is exactly an Alligator-class ship.
The destruction of the Orsk is yet another major humiliation for Putin’s military in Ukraine, considering how superior the Russian Navy has been to the Ukrainian Navy in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
Let’s also not forget the fact that the tank carrier seemed to be safely anchored in a port and territory fully controlled by Russia.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Ukrainian military launched local, but tangible, counter-offensives against the Russians at three major spots: west and northwest of the capital Kyiv, where several thousand of Putin’s troops might be surrounded and captured.
The counteroffensives also extended to the east near the city of Kharkiv and the Russian border, which is just 20 miles away, and in the south, towards Kherson, a city of 300,000 people, the only big Ukrainian city that the Russian invaders managed to conquer.
The terrible military failure in Ukraine, which Russia had been bragging it could conquer in 72 hours, coupled with the devastating US and other western sanctions, led to reports there is a very high risk of Putin getting deposed by the FSB, Russia’s successor to Soviet intelligence service KGB.
Ukraine's navy claims to have destroyed a Russian landing ship near the coastal city of Berdyansk.
Read more here: https://t.co/RknHKrCdul pic.twitter.com/I0hE0biHbu
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 24, 2022
Russian TV was very proud to show off the Orsk a few days ago when it arrived in Berdyansk. They said it had supplies for troops.
Ukraine say they were tracking it for days, and that it had weapons and ammunition to continue the siege of Mariupol. And they’ve blown it up. pic.twitter.com/hJFc82jkxR
— James Longman (@JamesAALongman) March 24, 2022
***UPDATE***#Russian ammunition explosions this morning in #Berdyansk, geolocated to 46.749590°, 36.773788°
Ropucha Class landing ship seen sailing away from fire
Alligator class also observed near fire.
Awaiting info pic.twitter.com/0xlt4rfFL0
— H I Sutton (@CovertShores) March 24, 2022
The Berdyansk port before and after 👇 pic.twitter.com/xGhGtX4AUy
— The Times (@thetimes) March 24, 2022