Malta-flagged vessel tried to withdraw Azov militants from Mariupol - Russian Defense Ministry


The Ukrainian authorities and their Western patrons do not stop trying to withdraw from Mariupol valuable Nazi personnel in the person of the militants of the Azov Regiment (an organization banned in the Russian Federation) and their foreign instructors. This can be judged from the latest report of the Russian Ministry of Defense dated April 9, published by the representative of the military department, Major General Igor Konashenkov.


The previous two attempts to evacuate the "Azov" by helicopter ended in failure. Therefore, this time they tried to evacuate the Azov people by sea.

The speaker noted that at 22:38 Moscow time on April 8, using the dark time of the day, the Apache cargo ship (IMO 8955586, sails under the flag of Malta, home port of Valletta), 30 km southeast of Mariupol, suddenly left the caravan of ships with which it was following from the Taganrog Bay to the Kerch Strait and tried to break into the port on the Sea of ​​Azov blocked from the sea by the forces of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy.

The demands of the Russian border guards to get in touch via the international communication channel were ignored by the crew of the dry cargo ship. The ship continued to move towards Mariupol, ignoring the persistent attempts of the Russians to contact. After that, two patrol ships opened warning fire on the course of the intruder. However, this did not lead to a change in the direction of movement, slowing down the vessel or getting in touch. The crew of the cargo ship frankly pretended to be deaf and dumb in relation to the Russians, but actively communicated with someone.

During the movement to the port of Mariupol, the ship conducted a radio exchange, transmitting messages "I am a Maniac, I am coming to you." At the same time, signal fires were observed on the shore.

Konashenkov explained what was happening.

The speaker said that in order to block the movement of an almost 140-meter dry cargo ship with a deadweight of 5172 tons, from 22:53 to 23:30, ships of the Black Sea Fleet and border guards opened fire on the violating ship itself. As a result of a direct hit on the Apache, a fire broke out in the stern. After that, the cargo ship drifted, and its crew got in touch with the Russians. The crew confirmed their readiness to fulfill all the requirements and asked to stop firing.

None of the cargo ship's crew members were injured during the incident. The crew extinguished the fire themselves. After the inspection, the ship with the crew was escorted to the port of Yeysk (Krasnodar Territory) for further investigation.

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  1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
    Afinogen (Afinogen) April 9 2022 23: 33
    +10
    Oh, it was necessary to let him go there, he would have been full of Nazis and mercenaries. Then flood.
    1. Volga073 Offline Volga073
      Volga073 (MIKLE) April 10 2022 04: 06
      +3
      I immediately thought so too. But there will be other attempts, there we will shoot))
    2. Vdars Offline Vdars
      Vdars (Victor) April 10 2022 14: 03
      -1
      Why drown. Just remove all the Natsiks, and then judge all those delivered on a silver platter!!
  2. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) April 10 2022 00: 13
    +4
    The crew in full force to the northern logging site.
  3. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Boris) April 10 2022 05: 54
    0
    Curiously, was there really some kind of cargo on this dry cargo ship?
    1. 135lm Offline 135lm
      135lm (Gennady) April 10 2022 07: 00
      +2
      After firing at it, the load clearly ceased to be dry)))
  4. Krapilin Offline Krapilin
    Krapilin (Victor) April 10 2022 07: 14
    0
    The next attempt will be using a submarine...
    1. Artyom76 Offline Artyom76
      Artyom76 (Artyom Volkov) April 10 2022 08: 59
      0
      It is unlikely that the submarine will pass the Kerch Strait secretly. The cargo ship allegedly went according to plan to Taganrog and back, it was the best cover. But the submarine can't do that.
      1. calagin407 Offline calagin407
        calagin407 (Mechanic) April 10 2022 12: 12
        -3
        The cargo ship was sailing from Rostov.
        It is unlikely that a ship with a speed of 15-18 knots could somehow participate in the evacuation.
        Most likely a provocation.

  5. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) April 10 2022 07: 41
    +1
    The speaker said that in order to block the movement of an almost 140-meter dry cargo ship with a deadweight of 5172 tons, from 22:53 to 23:30, ships of the Black Sea Fleet and border guards opened fire on the violating ship itself. As a result of a direct hit on the Apache, a fire broke out in the stern. After that, the cargo ship drifted, and its crew got in touch with the Russians. The crew confirmed their readiness to fulfill all the requirements and asked to stop firing.

    None of the cargo ship's crew members were injured during the incident. The crew extinguished the fire themselves. After the inspection, the ship with the crew was escorted to the port of Yeysk (Krasnodar Territory) for further investigation.

    - Well, well - not bad at all!
    - And then in the first reports about this incident it was reported that, allegedly - after warning shots from "our ships of the Black Sea Fleet and border guards" - this cargo ship stopped moving in the same direction, turned around and began to move away ...
  6. power day Offline power day
    power day (power day) April 10 2022 08: 55
    +3
    It is not clear what kind of lump is sitting in Mariupol ..
    The persistence with which they are trying to take this person out leads to interesting thoughts ...
    1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
      Colonel Kudasov (Boris) April 10 2022 10: 09
      +2
      Possibly American instructors. Because of their own, they would not have tried so hard
    2. Awaz Offline Awaz
      Awaz (Walery) April 10 2022 12: 58
      +2
      well, there was a topic from American journalists that there might be a high-ranking NATO general and his entourage, probably an American. They even posted data. You can probably find it on the Internet. It is unlikely that they would fuss like that because of some French or Greek instructors ... It would be a pity if ours were not caught alive ..
    3. Russian Bear_2 Offline Russian Bear_2
      Russian Bear_2 (Russian bear) April 10 2022 16: 43
      0
      It would be nice to take him alive, or at worst a carcass.
  7. EVYN WIXH Offline EVYN WIXH
    EVYN WIXH (EVYN WIXH) April 10 2022 11: 44
    +2
    After all, it is clear as "God's day" that such a colossus could not approach unnoticed, and even more so, she had nowhere to go from Azov. It was a distraction. And whether anything happened under his cover - this is unknown.
    1. Awaz Offline Awaz
      Awaz (Walery) April 10 2022 12: 59
      +1
      yes, if attempts to save stop, then the operation turned out ...
  8. Panikovsky Offline Panikovsky
    Panikovsky (Mikhail Samuelevich Panikovsky) April 10 2022 17: 13
    +2
    Sirs of Azov, the evacuation is canceled, we take shovels and dig ditches for graves. To your ashes, so be it, peace.
  9. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) April 10 2022 17: 35
    +1
    Quote: Athenogen
    Oh, it was necessary to let him go there, he would have been full of Nazis and mercenaries. Then flood.

    No need. Foreign ship. Why scandals? They were taken to the port and laid up. To judge the captain, to arrest the ship, to arrest the cargo. The task is to kill all the Natsiks without exception. And it is more convenient to do it at Azovstal. Away from the city, continuous carpet bombing by dads of all bombs.
    1. anti-sapper Offline anti-sapper
      anti-sapper (Sergei) April 10 2022 21: 59
      0
      five points