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According to the Ukrainian military, the Russian Black Sea Fleet ship "Ochakov” has been sunk off the coast of Crimea, the 0652 online publication learned from the regional media center of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine, Ukrinform reported.

"The Russian military have sunk the decommissioned ship "Ochakov” at the entrance to the southern naval base of the Ukrainian fleet to block Ukrainian ships in the Donuzlav Lake," the report reads.

The large anti-submarine ship "Ochakov" was launched in 1971, affiliated into the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) in 1973. It was part of 30 divisions of the BSF surface ships. The ship made nine military campaigns, participated in the exercises "Okean- 75", "Crimea-76". In 1977, 1979, 1986 the Ochakov was declared the best ship of the USSR Navy.

Since 1991, the Ochakov was under repair at the Sevastopol Marine Plant. After repair and modernization, the ship was planned to be put into operation in 2004-2005. However, this did not happen. In 2011 the large anti-submarine ship "Ochakov" was removed from the Russian Navy.

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