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Tensions Escalate: Russian Naval Ship Damaged in Airstrike by Ukrainian Forces in Crimea

In a significant escalation of hostilities, a Russian naval ship, the Novocherkassk, stationed in Crimea, was reportedly damaged in an airstrike carried out by Ukrainian forces, as confirmed by Russia’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday. The strike occurred at a base in the city of Feodosia, where the landing ship was hit by plane-launched guided missiles.

The Defense Ministry disclosed that two Ukrainian fighter jets were destroyed by anti-aircraft fire during the attack. While the extent of the damage to the Novocherkassk remains unclear, videos circulating on Ukrainian channels depict a substantial fire in the port area.

This incident underscores the heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, as both nations continue to grapple with longstanding geopolitical issues. The situation raises concerns about the potential for further military escalation and the impact on regional stability.