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​Destruction of russian Novocherkassk Ship has Blocked One of Logistic Channels to Crimea (Satellite Photo)

Novocherkassk landing ship burning in the port of Feodosiia, after the Ukranian cruisi missile strike, December 26th, 2023 / Open-source photo
Novocherkassk landing ship burning in the port of Feodosiia, after the Ukranian cruisi missile strike, December 26th, 2023 / Open-source photo
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The sunken ship has blocked the spot near the railway that used to facilitate transshipment of military cargo

Satellite imagery published by OSINT analyst MT_Anderson shows the naval bases of the russian Black Sea Fleet in the cities of Novorossiysk, occupied Sevastopol, and Feodosiia.

The last photo, from Feodosiia, is particularly interesting as it indicates that despite having put up boom barriers against Ukrainian surface drone strikes, the harbor is no longer being used for logistics, as a matter of fact. That became the case ever since Ukraine struck the location with cruise missiles, leading to the destruction of the Novocherkassk landing ship on December 26th, 2023. (Editor's note: apparently, there's an unintentional mistake about the year of photo taken being "2023.")

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The port of Feodosiia, April 6th, 2024 / Defense Express / Destruction of russian Novocherkassk Ship has Blocked One of Logistic Channels to Crimea (Satellite Photo)
The port of Feodosiia, April 6th, 2024. The Novocherkassk Ropucha-class landing ship is still submerged beside the important berth / Satellite photo credit: MT_Anderson

Furthermore, as this photo demonstrates, the Novocherkassk continues to lie at the bottom of the harbor, meaning the russian efforts to salvage the sunken vessel have brought no success.

This detail, in turn, results in a situation where one of the main berths of the Feodosia port, connected to a railway with a special branch, is thus blocked and cannot be used for military logistics.

Before the Novocherkassk landing ship was destroyed in late December 2023, the russian invasion forces had regularly used the port of Feodosia for transshipment of cargo using their landing watercraft, as demonstrated by publicly available satellite images. Particularly helpful in this process was the railway line connected to the wharf, which significantly sped up logistic operations.

Thus it turns out that after the defeat of Novocherkassk by Ukrainian cruise missiles, one of the important logistics channels was closed for the occupiers.

The use of landing ships as "cargo ferries" used to give the russians sort of an alternative to the logistics via the damaged Crimean Bridge, but in order to make this way of transportation effective, a convenient point for unloading is necessary. The port of temporarily occupied Feodosiia was exactly such a point for the russian military until December 2023, now having lost a major portion of its transportation capacity.

Incidentally, worth reminding that after the missile strike launched by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on March 24, 2024, only seven landing ships of the Soviet "large" class have remained in the russian Black Sea Fleet. Some of them, as it follows from the pictures published by MT_Anderson, are currently stationed in the port of Novorossiysk.

Landing ships of the BlackSea Fleet of the russian Navy are now hiding from Ukrainian strikes in the port of Novorossiysk / Defense Express / Destruction of russian Novocherkassk Ship has Blocked One of Logistic Channels to Crimea (Satellite Photo)
Landing ships of the BlackSea Fleet of the russian Navy are now hiding from Ukrainian strikes in the port of Novorossiysk / Satellite photo credit: MT_Anderson
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