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Russia ‘unable to repair missile ship Askold’ after precision missile strike by Ukraine

Russian missile ship Askold damaged
Russian missile ship Askold damaged

The Russian missile ship the Askold, which was destroyed on Nov. 4 after a Ukrainian missile struck the shipyard in Kerch, on the east coast of the occupied Crimean peninsula, will not be repaired, a Telegram news channel has claimed.

"There is nothing to repair there," the Krymsky Veter (Crimean Wind) Telegram channel said in a report on Dec. 8, quoting one of its sources.

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The Askold was originally slated for commissioning into the Russian Black Sea Fleet in December 2023.

During an air raid alert in the occupied city of Sevastopol on Nov. 4, residents reported hearing explosions.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces later confirmed that it had successfully targeted the shipyard.

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The Askold is a compact missile ship, designed to carry up to eight Kalibr missiles. Military experts say that neutralizing such a ship significantly improves Ukraine's security.

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