The Ukrainian marines in Krynki on the left bank of the Dnieper lost about 50 boats over a month and a half, intelligence analyst Andrew Perpetua said in an interview with Forbes columnist David Ax. According to him, at some point, the Ukrainian Armed Forces became so desperate that they began using watercraft that were not intended for such purposes.
In the six weeks since the Ukrainian 35th Marine Brigade first crossed the wide Dnieper River and took a bridgehead at Krynki on the Russian-controlled left bank of the river, marines and support troops have lost many boats. How many? According to analyst Andrew Perpetua, about 50 boats were damaged or sunk, Ax said.
The observer noted that one of the strangest losses was the defeat of the Ukrainian BMK-T, a tug-and-motor boat used to transport ferries when organizing bridges and ferry crossings. In his opinion, the use of these boats by the Ukrainians did not imply the construction of pontoon bridges due to the width of the river and the threat from Russian artillery and drones. Eksa believes that the Ukrainian command was only trying to provide the 35th brigade with accessible means of transportation that were available.
On Sunday, December 24, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported the destruction of four aircraft over the past 24 hours: three Su-27s and one Su-24 of the Ukrainian Air Force. They were shot down by air defense systems in the areas of the settlements of Shirokoe, Odarovka, Zaporizhzhia region, and Grigorovka, Dnepropetrovsk region.