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Watch moment Putin’s £80m spy ship is blown up in Ukrainian missile strike in ‘biggest onslaught’ on war-torn city

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THIS is the moment Vladimir Putin’s prized £ 80million spy warship is blown up in a massive missile strike by Ukraine on the annexed port city of Sevastopol.

The 312ft long Ivan Khurs reconnaissance ship was “hit by two missiles at once” and “damaged.”

A warship was hit in a missile strike in Sevastopol

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A warship was hit in a missile strike in SevastopolCredit: East2West
Putin's prized warship reportedly  sustained serious damage

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Putin’s prized warship reportedly sustained serious damageCredit: East2West
Sevastopol comes under Ukraine’s missile attack.

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Sevastopol comes under Ukraine’s missile attack.Credit: East2West

This is evidently in addition to strikes at two large landing ships from Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea Fleet, earlier reported by Ukraine, the Yamal and the Azov, each worth £170 million.

Ukraine fired 18 missiles – believed to be Anglo-French  Storm Shadow and SCALP –  at Sevastopol in the biggest onslaught of the war on the city. 

Eleven were shot down by Russian air defences, but seven hit targets which reportedly included the fleet’s main communications centre. 

 The Ukraine armed forces strategic communications said on Sunday that both the  Yamal and  Azov had been hit, without mentioning the Ivan Khurs, a longtime target. 

The scale of damage to the £80 million Ivan Khurs – which has a normal crew of 131 – is not clear. 

The Yamal suffered “critical” damage, reported the GUR, Ukrainian military intelligence. 

“The occupiers are continuously pumping water from the damaged ship, which took part in the annexation of Crimea and was under repair from 2017 to 2023,” said the GUR.

Other damage to the vessels was  “being clarified”.

The Ivan Khurs is a Yuriy Ivanov class (Project 18280) signals intelligence vessel which came into service in 2017.

Ukraine has twice come close to sinking it with kamikaze sea drone attacks  last year, and reports said it had been damaged.

If confirmed, the losses will be a devastating blow to Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin.

The Yamal has a  normal crew of 98, and the Azov 87.

The strike comes days after Admiral Alexander Moiseev, 61, was made commander-in-chief of the Russian navy after the dictator  abruptly fired previous incumbent Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov, who had held the post for five years, over a previous battleship sinking by Ukraine. 

Earlier this month the £51 million Sergey Kotov patrol vessel, one of Putin’s newest naval ships, was sunk by a flock of  unmanned MAGURA V5 attack drones. 

Last month the £170 million Caesar Kunikov large landing ship was also destroyed. 

Russia has lost more than a quarter of its fleet – some 21 vessels – in the war, including the early sinking in 2022 of flagship Moskva, in a Neptune missile strike by Ukraine. . 

The Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol was also blitzed in a missile strike last year. 

Putin also fired Admiral  Viktor Sokolov, 61, commander-in-chief of the Black Sea Fleet last month, in the wake of the loss of the Caesar Kunikov warship.

If the latest three vessels are confirmed to be out of commission, Putin will have lost 18  warships since the beginning of the 25-month war with Ukraine, and seven since the end of December last year.

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