A civilian vessel sailing under the Panamanian flag was damaged by a Russian sea mine explosion in the Black Sea, the Southern Defence Forces reported on the morning of 28 December.
The bulk carrier was hit on its way to a Danube port to load grain on 27 December in the morning at the mouth of the Shvydka River.
“The vessel lost control, and a fire broke out on the top deck. The captain fixed the ship in the shallows to avoid sinking,” the military said.
The ship’s captain and a sailor, Egyptian citizens, were injured, the head of the Odesa Regional Prosecutor’s Office, Ihor Domuyev, said during a briefing at the Media Centre Ukraine – Odesa.