Ukrainian officials have now bought the war to the Black Sea and Russian ports are now legitimate targets and any Russian ship will be considered to be carrying military cargo and will be attacked.
Under the order of the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine all ships will be sent to ports of the Russian Federation including those which are occupied by the Russians.
In a statement on the website of Derzhhydrographiya of the State Maritime and River Transport Service reads, “War risk area. The water area of the internal and external roads of the ports of Anapa, Novorossiysk, Gelendzhik, Tuapse, Sochi, Taman.”
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This comes as on Saturday Ukraine inflicted a “significant blow” to the Russian landing ship, the Olenegorsky Gornyak of the Black Sea Fleet.
According to British Intelligence the units were previously relocated to Novorossiysk due to the high threat of attacks on Sevastopol.
The British Ministry of Defence said in a statement, “During the night of 3-4 August 2023, the Russian Navy landing ship Olenegorsky Gornyak almost certainly suffered serious damage after being struck while near the Black Sea Fleet’s (BSF) Novorossiysk base.”
The British intelligence report added, “Routinely assigned to Russia’s Northern Fleet, the vessel has augmented the BSF since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has often ferried military and civilian traffic between Russia and occupied Crimea when the Kerch Bridge has been disrupted due to attacks.
A Russian Northern Fleet ship is sinking after a Ukrainian surface drone strike at night near the port of Novorossiysk in the Black Sea. Identified as Olenegorsky Gornyak landing ship. pic.twitter.com/C9CYgrvVLC
— Igor Sushko (@igorsushko) August 4, 2023
“The 3600 tonne, 113 metre long Olenegorsky Gornyak represents the largest Russian naval vessel seriously damaged or destroyed since the sinking of the cruiser Moskva on 13 April 2022.
“This is a significant blow to the BSF, which previously relocated most of its units to Novorossiysk due to the high threat to Sevastopol.”