Russian Ship Destroyed by Ukraine in Berdyansk, Videos Appear To Show

Ukraine claims to have blown up a Russian ship near the port city of Berdyansk in southeast Ukraine.

"The Orsk large landing ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the occupiers has been destroyed in the port of Berdyansk captured by Russia," the Ukrainian navy said in a post on Facebook.

Videos have begun circulating on social media, reportedly showing the Orsk.

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"The occupiers are burning well," wrote the Ukrainian armed forces on Twitter, sharing another clip that shows plumes of dark smoke raising from what is assumed to be the Orsk.

The Orsk, a large landing support ship, was docked in the Azov Sea near the occupied port of Berdyansk, 45 miles southwest of the strategic besieged city of Mariupol.

The report has not yet been independently confirmed and Russia's Defense Ministry has not immediately responded to the claim the Orsk had been destroyed.

On Monday, Russia's armed forces confirmed they had docked the Orsk in Berdyansk to deliver military equipment, as reported by Russia's state-run news agency TASS.

TASS reports that Zvezda, Russia's Defense Ministry-linked television channel, described the arrival of the Orsk in Ukraine as "an epic event that opens up opportunities for the Black Sea in terms of logistics by using the port of Berdyansk infrastructure to the full extent."

According to the report shared by Zvezda, the Orsk can carry up to 1,500 tons of equipment and cargo and transport up to 20 tanks or 40 armored personnel carriers (APCs).

Most of the coast along the Azov Sea has been captured by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, but Mariupol has yet to surrender to the enemy.

In the occupied territories, Russian troops have found fierce resistance from Ukrainian civilians, often taking to the streets to protest against the occupiers. Berdyansk was captured on February 27.

The Centre for Defence Strategies, a Ukrainian think tank, shared a video last weekend showing people protesting in Berdyansk, claiming that Russian forces started detaining and beating up demonstrators.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon reported that Russia had lost ten percent of its combat capability since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and that there were signs that Ukrainian forces were going on the offensive.

Josep Borrell, high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said on Thursday that Russia has no interest in negotiating a ceasefire with Ukraine right now. "What it wants is to occupy the ground," Borrell said in an interview with Spain's TVE channel.

Borrell believes that Russia wants to "isolate Ukraine from the sea."

Reuters reported that on Thursday Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu updated President Vladimir Putin and the country's security council about the "special military operation" ongoing in Ukraine.