Russia docks landing support ship near Ukraine’s Mariupol

The ongoing near-obliteration of Ukraine’s major Sea of Azov port Mariupol, which has also suffered a siege lasting two weeks with virtually no power, food or water in sub-freezing temperatures, moved up yet another gear on Monday March 21st when Russia’s armed forces said that they had docked a large, beachable landing support ship, the Orsk, in the occupied Ukrainian port of Berdyansk, 70 km southwest of Mariupol.

“It is hard to overestimate the possibilities of using this port,” said the website of the Russian armed forces news outlet Zvezda (Star), adding that “now the southern flank of the special operation can receive everything necessary at any time, including equipment and ammunition.”

The Zvezda website said 10 ships were participating in the operation. It said each could carry up to 20 tanks or 40 armoured personnel carriers.

Video of the Black Sea Fleet’s Orsk Project 1171 large landing ship offloading BTR-82A vehicles in Berdyansk.