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Ukraine destroys Russian civilian ship Mechanic Pogodin.

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According to information published by Ukrainska Pravda on March 12, 2024, the Ukrainian Air Forces successfully targeted and destroyed the Russian-flagged tanker Mechanic Pogodin on the Kinburn Spit, which had been repurposed by the Russians as a command post.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian civilian ship Mechanic Pogodin. (Picture source: Tass)

Following a ruling by the Kherson District Administrative Court in August 2018, the "Mechanic Pogodin" tanker was arrested and remained within the Kherson Sea Port territory until the summer of 2023. Subsequently, the breaching of the Kakhovka HPP dam led to the tanker being washed ashore on the Kinburn Spit, an area temporarily under Russian control.

The Russian forces subsequently set up a surveillance post on the vessel for reconnaissance purposes, as well as electronic warfare (EW) equipment. They have periodically used the ship as a platform for launching FPV drone strikes on the territory of the Kherson region.

About the tanker

The tanker Mechanic Pogodin has a deadweight of 5541 tons, and its overall length is 141 meters, with a beam of 16.9 meters. The side height of the vessel measures 6.1 meters, and it has a draft of 3.6 meters.

The tanker can achieve a speed of 10 knots and has a cargo capacity of 4960 tons. It is equipped with 12 tanks. The main engine model is W6L20, with a power output of 1860. The crew complement for the Mechanic Pogodin is 12 members.

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