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A video captured the dramatic moment a Russian ship laden with ammunition explodes in Ukraine as a humiliated Putin navy is forced to withdraw.
Footage shows the landing ship, called Orsk, on fire as black smoke can be seen coming from the port in occupied Berdyansk.
Moscow’s trio of sea ships had been supporting their advance on the besieged port city of Mariupol.
As the Orsk sank and the ammunition on board exploded and black smoke billowed into the sky, another Kremlin Navy ship was damaged.
Footage shows smoke billowing from a second ship as the Orsk goes up in flames.
A third vessel attempted to leave the port before it too was wiped out.
It was also learned that the port’s fuel depot was on fire.
The Ukrainian Navy said in a Facebook post: “A large paratroop ship ‘Orsk’ of the occupying Black Sea fleet was destroyed in the occupied Russian port of Berdyansk. Glory to Ukraine!”
Russia also accidentally revealed that it has lost more than 9,800 soldiers, when the figure was revealed by a pro-Kremlin newspaper, although NATO has said the figure could be as high as 15,000.
On the 29th day of the invasion, four missiles, including phosphorous bombs, hit Luhansk. Among the four dead were two Ukrainian children.
In the eastern region of Ukraine, in the disputed Donbas region, 101,526 houses in 35 towns and villages do not have electricity.
Russia has sent 250 air strikes on kyiv, Chernihiv and Kharkiv in the last day. In return, the defiant Ukraine said it had shot down seven planes, a helicopter, two cruise missiles and a drone.
In the past 22 days, Moscow has authorized 1,100 missile strikes in Ukraine, many of which hit schools, hospitals and a theater that offered shelter.
Meanwhile, seven humanitarian corridors are expected to open today allowing people to flee safely, the deputy prime minister said.
However, the besieged city of Mariupol was left off the list where civilians are urged to head to a nearby town.
Shocking images show the city destroyed with hardly any buildings intact by relentless bombing.
Since the invasion began, Russian troops have been shelling Ukrainian cities, but Mariupol has faced the worst of the war.
Russian shells, bombs and missiles have hit a theatre, an art school and other public buildings, burying hundreds of women and children sheltering in cellars.
Britain’s prime minister said this morning that the Russian leader has “crossed a red line” and that the international community will “increase pressure” on Putin after Zelensky’s call for tightening sanctions last night.
“We need to do more, so we need to do it more cheaply. Can we do more to prevent you from using your gold reserves, for example, in addition to your cash reserves?” Johnson said.
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