Ukrainian missiles on Friday hit a Russian naval tugboat transporting soldiers, weapons, and ammunition to the Russian-occupied Zmiinyi island south of the Odesa region, the local Ukrainian governor said.
Odesa region governor Maksym Marchenko named the tugboat as the Vasiliy Beg. No further details are available yet.
It comes as the UK’s armed forces chief has said Russia has “strategically lost” the war in Ukraine and is now a “more diminished power”, both diplomatically and economically than several months ago.
In an interview published on Friday, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Vladimir Putin had lost 25 per cent of Russia’s land power to reap only “tiny” gains.
He said while Russia may achieve “tactical successes” in the coming weeks, the idea the war had been a success was “nonsense”.
“President Putin has used about 25 per cent of his army’s power to gain a tiny amount of territory and 50,000 people either dead or injured,” Admiral Radakin said.