Ukraine charts success in New Year strikes against Russian forces

The Su-24M Fencer-D tactical bomber fleet of the Ukrainian Air Force (UkrAF) has carried out yet another successful strike, using the UK/French-supplied Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG air-launched cruise missiles (ALCMs) against high-value targets in Russian-occupied Crimea on December 26.

This time, their target was the Novocherkassk, a Ropucha-class large landing ship of the Russian Navy docked in the port of Feodosia. It was struck by the ALCMs at approximately 0230hrs local time – the initial fire was soon followed by a powerful explosion and multiple secondary explosions, the result of on-board ammunition detonating.

The first picture of a RuAF Su-24M carrying a pair of FAB-500M62 bombs with an UMPK glide kit appeared on December 1, 2023. The Su-34s can carry at least up to four such bombs simultaneously.
The first picture of a RuAF Su-24M carrying a pair of FAB-500M62 bombs with an UMPK glide kit appeared on December 1, 2023. The Su-34s can carry at least up to four such bombs simultaneously. Russian Internet Resources

The Russian side confirmed that the ship was damaged in this attack – adding that their air defences shot down two UkrAF Su-24s. Proof for the latter was not provided, but post-strike photographs and satellite images show a heavily damaged/partially submerged ship – supporting Ukraine’s claims that the ship was destroyed and its crew had suffered heavy casualties.

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