VIDEO: Ukraine says it bombed Russian warship off the coast of Crimea | World

VIDEO: Ukraine says it bombed Russian warship off the coast of Crimea | World
VIDEO: Ukraine says it bombed Russian warship off the coast of Crimea | World

Ukraine says it bombed Russian warship

Ukraine claimed this Thursday (1st) to have bombed and destroyed a Russian warship in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014.

The alleged Ukrainian counterattack takes place in a victory day for Kiev in the battle for more financial support from the West: the European Union approved a US$50 billion (around R$267) aid package for Ukraine (read more below).

The country’s Intelligence Service released a video that it says shows images of the moment the vessel is hit by a missile fired by a special unit from the Ministry of Defense (look above).

According to the ministry, the Russian ship was bombed in the Black Sea, near the coast of Crimea. The Russian government had not commented on the alleged attack until the last update of this report

Also on Thursday, all 27 members of the European Union agreed to offer 50 billion euros to Ukraine, said European Council President Charles Michel.

“This ensures constant, predictable and long-term financing for Ukraine,” he added. “The EU will take the lead and responsibility in supporting Ukraine; we know what is at stake.”

The agreement had been vetoed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who voted against the aid package in December, when Europeans announced the start of Ukraine’s accession process to the bloc. Far-right Orbán is the EU leader closest to the Russian presidentVladimir Putin.

This Thursday, however, at a summit in Brussels, the bloc’s other leaders obtained Orbán’s favorable vote.

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has already declared that the country needs US$7 billion (about R$37.3 billion) per month to compensate for economic losses. This Thursday, Zelensky thanked European countries for their help.

In addition to the financial battle, Ukraine has also faced a escalation of Russian attacks in the war between the two countries, which has lasted almost two years.

Since the end of December, Russian troops have been bombing civilian targets in major cities of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials. The attacks contrast with the scenario of war in the country throughout 2023, with actions more concentrated on the battlefronts.

At the end of January, a Russian military aircraft that, according to Moscow, was carrying Ukrainian prisoners, crashed in a border area between the two countries. The Kremlin accused Ukraine of having shot down the aircraft with missiles supplied by the United States.

The Ukrainian government, which has adopted the practice of neither confirming nor denying attacks on Russian territory whose authorship is attributed to Ukraine, only stated that Russia did not request protection of the airspace at the place where the plane crashed.

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The article is in Portuguese

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