"It is very difficult for a ship to survive this kind of attack": Ihnat on the Novocherkassk defeat and the occupants' pathetic lies
Given the power of the explosion and the duration of the detonation of the large amphibious assault ship Novocherkassk in the port of Feodosiia, the ship had virtually no chance of "surviving." Therefore, the occupiers' statements that the ship was only "damaged" are most likely an attempt to downplay the losses. The claim that two Ukrainian Su-24s were shot down is a complete lie as well.
This was stated by the spokesman for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yurii Ihnat, on Radio Liberty. He also revealed the details of the defeat of another combat unit of the enemy fleet.
Analyzing the video footage of the moment of the strike and the subsequent fire in the port of the temporarily occupied Feodosiia, Ihnat expressed doubts that the Russian ship could be restored after such a thing.
"We can see how powerful the explosion was and what the detonation was like. It is extremely difficult for a ship to survive after such an explosion," the Air Force spokesman said.
Ihnat also denied the statements of the Russian Defense Ministry that Russian air defense allegedly shot down two Ukrainian Su-24 bombers, which, according to the occupiers, were firing missiles at the port in Feodosiia.
The Ukrainian Air Force spokesman added that the enemy warship was hit using Western weapons.
"We have Storm Shadow and SCALP missiles in service, which are provided by our partners. Of course, we would also like to have German Taurus missiles, which are cruise missiles with a slightly longer range; they can fly further than the previous two. But for now, we have only these two types of missiles in service," he said.
In order to hit the Novocherkassk, Ukrainian soldiers launched "more than one" Western missile.
"They were obviously launching more than one missile. We understand that the enemy can shoot them down. This is a subsonic target. It flies at a speed similar to Russian missiles. The Kalibr, for example, flies at 650-900 km/h, in this speed range. That's why Russian air defense systems can destroy them. They may even have destroyed them, and we won't say that it didn't happen. But they can not destroy everything. Thanks to tactical techniques, most missiles reach their targets. You have seen this more than once," he stated.
On the night of December 26, residents of the temporarily occupied Feodosiia were also able to see Western missiles in action with their own eyes.
As a reminder, it became known that explosions occurred in occupied Feodosiia. The Ukrainian Armed Forces hit the Novocherkassk ship around 3 a.m. The occupation "authorities" remained silent for some time, and later the governor, Sergei Aksenov, announced an "enemy attack" without going into details. He also promised residents of houses near the port to be "resettled" as the explosion and subsequent detonation caused windows to fly out of the buildings.
In the morning, the Air Force confirmed the destruction of the Novocherkassk, which could have been transporting batches of Shahed drones. Even the Russian Defense Ministry was forced to admit the damage, though they only managed to make a statement about "damage," adding that the Ukrainian planes that had launched the missiles were allegedly shot down by Russian air defense.
Aksenov, having thought it over, claimed "one dead and two wounded," which the Crimean Wind Telegram channel categorically disagrees with.
"As we are informed, there are dozens of dead and wounded at the Novocherkassk military-industrial complex. Ambulances are driving back and forth," Crimean Wind notes.
According to Natalia Humeniuk, head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Southern Defense Forces, the force and nature of the explosion and fire on the ship indicate that it is not just fuel or chemicals.