Russians Put on Repair Two Landing Ships at Once in Crimea (Photo)

Dock landing ship "Caesar Kunikov" arrived at the 13th shipyard in Sevastopol for repair / Photo credit: Crimea.Realities, RFE/RL
Dock landing ship "Caesar Kunikov" arrived at the 13th shipyard in Sevastopol for repair / Photo credit: Crimea.Realities, RFE/RL

These two had a "memorable" collision with Ukrainian "Neptune" and "Tochka-U" missiles

A dock landing ship of russian naval forces has entered the waters of a shipyard in Kilen Bay, Sevastopol, in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The ship has signs of damage, according to the "Crimea.Realities", a media project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The left side of the ship has large dents, the paint was burnt in a several places.

The right side is not seen on the photo below. Tactical number "158" is seen though on the vessel's bow, which indicates that it is the dock landing ship (LSD) "Caesar Kunikov" of the Black Sea fleet to come for a refit. This damage was taken as early as March 2022, when a "Tochka-U" missile hit the port in Berdyansk, occupied by russian forces.

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The dock landing ship "Azov" of the russian Black Sea Fleet on the repair in the 13th shipyard, Sevastopol / Photo credit: Crimea.Realities, RFE/RL

The journalists of RFE/RL inform that in early April this year another LSD "Azov" of the russian Black Sea Fleet came to the same 13th shipyard. There is no information about what happened to this vessel in the open sources. But it looks like the repair was not a scheduled one. As of May 12 russian "Azov" ship is still in the repair, "Crimea.Realities" said.

There are two equally possible explanations. Either this dock landing ship had some "extraordinary" problems with its running gear or it had a "memorable" collision with a Ukrainian "Neptune" anti-ship missile, that allegedly was involved in the submergence of the russian missile cruiser "Moskva".

Another photo of the LSD "Azov" in the shipyard / Photo credit: Crimea.Realities, RFE/RL

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