Ukraine: Russian warship on fire

Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Levchenko is on fire in the Barents Sea after an engine failed and then caught fire. This according to the press chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Dmytro Pletenchuk, The Kyiv Independent reports. He writes in a post on Facebook that several hundred crew members who were on board the ship are “fighting for their survival” out at sea. “We hope in vain,” he adds. However, the Ukrainian data could not be verified, according to the newspaper. Russia has also not commented on the upifts. A consequence of sanctions Pletenchuk also claims that the fire occurred as a result of Ukraine’s sanctions against Russia, which meant, among other things, that the Russian navy could not maintain its Ukrainian engines. Before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, many of the Russian Navy’s Soviet-era ships were built and serviced in the Ukrainian port city of Mykoliav. Since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, most of Moscow’s ships that have caught fire have been in the Black Sea, usually after being hit by Ukrainian naval drones or missiles.