In a significant operation on February 14, 2024, Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate, in collaboration with its Security and Defense Forces, successfully executed a mission that led to the destruction of the "Caesar Kunikov," a large landing ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. This operation was a part of Ukraine's ongoing defense efforts against Russian aggression and highlights the strategic capabilities of Ukraine's military intelligence and special forces.

The "Caesar Kunikov" was targeted and hit by Magura V5 maritime attack drones near Alupka, off the coast of temporarily occupied Crimea. The attack resulted in the ship receiving critical damage on its port side, ultimately causing it to sink. This event is particularly symbolic as it occurred 81 years after the death of the Russian officer, Caesar Kunikov, whom the ship was named after. The operation showcases the precision and effectiveness of Ukraine's military capabilities, as well as the support from the United24 platform, which played a crucial role in the mission's success.

Built in Gdansk, Poland, in 1984 and launched in 1986, the "Caesar Kunikov" was one of the newest vessels in the Russian fleet, capable of carrying 87 crew members. The ship had a storied service history, participating in various international maneuvers and operations, including those against Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine, underlining its role in Russia's military engagements over the years.

The unsuccessful search and rescue operation for the "Caesar Kunikov" further underscores the impact of the Ukrainian strike. The ship's tactical and technical specifications, including a speed of 18 knots, a cruising range of 6000 miles at 12 knots, and the capacity to carry up to 500 tons of equipment and cargo, as well as up to 225 paratroopers, highlight the strategic loss for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

This operation not only demonstrates Ukraine's resolve and capability in defending its sovereignty but also sends a clear message to the international community about the ongoing conflict's dynamics. The destruction of the "Caesar Kunikov" represents a critical setback for Russian naval capabilities in the region and a significant victory for Ukrainian forces.

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