Ukrainian Harpoon anti-ship missiles hit Russian tugboat carrying soldiers and weapons
Another blow to Russian morale and forces in the Ukrainian war. Ukrainian missiles have hit in the last hours the Russian naval tug Spasatel Vasily Bekh which was transporting soldiers, weapons and ammunition to the Russian-occupied Zmiinyi (Snake) island, south of the Odessa region, local authorities announced.
Odessa Governor Maksym Marchenko identified the vessel as the Vasiliy Bekh. The Ukrainian Naval Command said the tug had a TOR anti-aircraft missile system on board, but this failed to stop the attack. The ship is believed to have been sunk after the Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted, “The Moskva will never be alone,” a reference to one of the Russian Navy’s top ships sunk by Ukrainian Neptune missiles in mid-April.
The Vasily Bekh, with a displacement of 1,605 tons, was built at a shipyard in Astrakhan and became part of the Russian Federation’s Black Sea Fleet in 2017.
This ship incorporated the TOR tactical anti-aircraft missile system designed for air defense and missile defense.
Ukraine has begun receiving Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Denmark and self-propelled howitzers from the United States, weapons that will bolster forces fighting the Russian invasion, according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov. “So many Harpoons have been delivered to us that we can sink the entire Russian Black Sea fleet,” warned Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odessa regional military administration.
After the sinking of the Moskva, the Russian Navy has become a little more defenseless on the Crimean coast. That ship was capable of providing mobile and long-range air defense protection for the entire Black Sea Fleet and was a floating command and control center.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have recently announced their intention to attack on the Kerch Bridge, which is also called the Crimean Bridge.
Spasatel Vasily Bekh, a tug of the russian black sea fleet, successfully demilitarized by the @UA_NAVY. The ship was transporting personnel, weapons and ammunition to the occupied Snake Island.
Moskva never be alone… pic.twitter.com/3slXr6qtEl
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) June 17, 2022