Since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Navy has fired on five civilian ships.
The relevant statement was made by the head of the Odessa regional military administration, Maksym Marchenko, the Telegramreports a correspondent of Ukrinform.
“Since the start of the Russian invasion, the fleet of the aggressor state has already fired on five civilian ships. One of them was drowned, and the other, loaded with 600 tons of diesel fuel, has been on fire for several days now, and the invaders do not allow us to put it out,” Marchenko said.
In his own words, the rescued crew of the dry cargo ship HELT, which sank after receiving fire from the Russian Navy, were transported to the port of Chornomorsk. All six crew members received primary medical assistance.
According to Marchenko, the rescue operation was carried out despite the Russian military threatening the rescue team with fire. The dry freighter HELT belongs to a Baltic company and flies the Panamanian flag.
A reminder that on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, sparking a war. Russian troops bomb and destroy major infrastructure, targeting residential homes with missile fire.