From Russia Admiral Makarov The warship was hit by Ukrainian missiles and burst into flames, according to Ukrainian officials.
The frigate would be Russia’s latest naval loss in a troubled campaign, following reports that US intelligence helped Ukraine locate and sink the Russian warship Moskva weeks ago.
It was said that he sailed near the Snake Island in the Black Sea south of Odessa.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Anton Gerashchenko reported on his Telegram page that Admiral Makarov was hit by a Ukrainian “Neptune” anti-ship missile. He cited Russian sources.
Russian navy ships stationed in Crimea were sent to help Admiral Makarovhe said.
Dumskaya, a Ukrainian state news site, said Russian forces sent helicopters to rescue the ship’s crew, said to be 180-strong.
Admiral Makarov it is a modern frigate loaded with guided missiles, according to the World Directory of Modern Warships. If lost, Russia’s frigate fleet will be reduced to 10.
The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the reports.
Russia lost its Black Sea flagship last month Moscow in a Ukrainian cruise missile attack. On Thursday, a US official said that Washington helped Ukraine locate the warship.
The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said there were around 20 Russian Navy ships in the Black Sea after the sinking of Moscow.
Although Russia could not replace Moscow As the Bosphorus Strait was closed to military ships, the Black Sea Fleet retained the ability to attack Ukrainian targets, the Defense Ministry said.
It was not clear what effect the sinking of Admiral Makarov would have on Russian operations in the Black Sea.
Russia has blocked Ukrainian ports on the sea coast to stop exports during the war.
Since Moscow launched what it calls a “special military operation” in late February, Ukraine has been forced to export grain by rail across its western border or from its small ports on the Danube River rather than by sea.
The UN said on Friday that some 25 million tons of grain was trapped in Ukraine due to the war, pushing global food prices to an all-time high last month.