On the night of August 4, 2023, the amphibious assault ship of the Russian Navy "Olenegorsk Mine" almost certainly suffered significant damage as a result of a strike in the vicinity of the Black Sea Fleet base in Novorossiysk, according to a statement from the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
It is noted that the images of the ship, in which it tilted by 30-40 degrees, indicate a possible violation of the tightness of several compartments or the ineffectiveness of the crew's efforts to combat the damage.
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the amphibious assault ship belonging to the Northern Fleet was redeployed to the Black Sea Fleet and frequently transferred military and civilian cargo between Russia and occupied Crimea after the destruction of the Kerch Bridge.
With a displacement of 3,600 tons and a length of 113 meters, the Olenegorsk Miner is the largest Russian naval vessel to have sustained significant damage or destruction since the sinking of the cruiser Moscow on April 13, 2022. This is a serious blow to the Black Sea Fleet, which previously redeployed most of its units to Novorossiysk due to the high threat of attacks on Simferopol, according to British intelligence analysts.