In the midst of the bitter conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Ukrainians purposely sunk the ship to prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemyAs reported The Drivean independent publication, a matter that was later confirmed by Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
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The ship, which was under repair, was flooded by the ship’s commander to avoid falling into the hands of the invaders.
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“The commander of the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy followed the order to flood the ship so that the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, which was under repair, did not fall into the hands of Russia. It is hard to imagine a more difficult decision for a brave soldier and crew,” Reznikov wrote on Facebook.
While the Krivak III/Menzhinskiy-class frigate does not pose much of a threat to the Russians, it is the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy fleet.
Experts point out that Ukraine may have sunk his ship. The reason: the Ukrainians fear that if she had fallen into the hands of the Russians, it would be a major propaganda victory for Moscow and would also act as a morale boost for its troops.
Hetman Sahaidachny was a Ukrainian Navy frigate that was originally built at the Kerch Shipyard as a Nerei/Krivak III/Menzhinskiy-class Project 1135.1 patrol ship. She was launched on March 29, 1992 and commissioned on April 2, 1993. Homeported in Odessa since March 2014, she was the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy.
The Krivak class, Soviet designation Project 1135 Burevestnik, was a series of frigates and guard (patrol) ships built in the Soviet Union primarily for the Soviet Navy from 1970.
Project 11351 Nerey (Krivak III) lacked the SS-N-14 missile system, which was replaced by a helicopter and hangar, and only a 100mm gun in the bow of the ship. All ships were built in Kerch and were intended for Soviet border troops under the KGB.
The frigate is armed with two RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers that can be used for land-based bombardment.
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