MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. The Black Sea Fleet’s large landing craft Orsk entered the port of Berdyansk to deliver military equipment, Zvezda television reported on Monday.
She was the first Russian warship that came into this port in the Sea of Azov, the report said.
"The arrival of the large landing craft at the port of Berdyansk is an epic event that opens up opportunities for the Black Sea in terms of logistics by using the port of Berdyansk infrastructure to the full extent," the report, which is posted on the channel’s website, cited a Black Sea Fleet officer as saying. "The large landing craft of the Black Sea Fleet has arrived and is unloading, in front of your eyes, armored personnel vehicles that will reinforce our grouping."
Ships of this type can transport up to 20 tanks or 40 APCs, the report said.
The Orsk is part of the Crimean naval base brigade of landing craft. It can hold up to 1,500 tons of equipment and cargo.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aims to demilitarize and de-Nazify the country.