Estonian Ship Sinks After Striking Mine Off Odessa

Helt, an Estonian cargo ship has sunk off the coast of Odessa after hitting a naval mine.

“The vessel has finally sunk. Two of the crew are in a raft on the water and four others are missing. I don’t know where they are at the moment,” said Igor Ilves, managing director of Tallinn-based manager Vista Shipping Agency.

There was no information on who owned the naval mine but the Ukrainian armed forces claimed that the Russian Black fleet has been using merchant fleets as cover for their amphibious landings.

“There was an incident involving a cargo vessel owned by an Estonian firm, flying the Panamanian flag. The circumstances of the case are still not clear, and it is not known exactly what caused the sinking,” confirmed the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The sinking of the Helt came just days after a Moldovan, Bangladeshi, and Japanese ship were reportedly attacked off the coast of Odessa after the invasion of Ukraine started.

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