Russia ‘sinks its own warship’ with mine as new humiliation for Putin as troops are forced to withdraw from Snake Island

A RUSSIAN warship is accidentally sunk by one of its own naval mines in a friendly fiasco – dealing another blow to Vladimir Putin.

The hulking landing craft D-106 was reportedly blown up by one of the Russian Navy’s own mines near the occupied southern port of Mariupol.

Russia's hulking D-106 warship reportedly blown up by accident by its own navy's naval mine

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Russia’s hulking D-106 warship reportedly blown up by accident by its own navy’s naval mineCredit: Telegram/@moria40k

The crew would have survived the blunder, but Russian naval commanders will now face a new missile from tyrant Putin after their latest mistake.

Russia’s besieged military leaders were carpeted after the flagship of Moscow’s Black Sea fleet, the Moskva, was destroyed by Ukrainian ship-to-shore missiles in a landmark attack in April.

Putin’s latest warship woes also come two days after Russian soldiers were forced into a desperate evacuation from Snake Island in the Black Sea under a hail of Ukrainian shells.

After the accidental sinking of the landing craft today, a Telegram channel allegedly connected to the Russian Navy said in an unconfirmed report: “Near Mariupol, a landing craft of the Black Sea Fleet D-106 exploded on a mine. “

Wisecracking Ukrainians quickly weighed in on online hostage takings, with one mocking, “Waiting for confirmation of this suicidal goodwill gesture.”

Another user called it a “special underwater operation” and mocked Putin’s description of his bloody war in Ukraine.

Another said: “More company for the Moskva, there they go!”

Moscow’s latest military humiliation follows the embarrassing retreat from Snake Island two days ago – where Russian soldiers attempted to destroy their own equipment on the strategically important island.

However, the Ukrainian armed forces say they failed because the Russians “couldn’t handle the task”.

Ziiminy Island – ‘snake’ in English – is a small but strategically vital 100-acre perch that lies 35 kilometers off the Black Sea coast of Ukraine.

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Russia lied that it had pulled out as a “goodwill gesture” to free up grain exports to countries facing famine as a result of their invasion.

Ukrainian Supreme Commander Valerii Zaluzhnyi said: “With yesterday’s airstrikes, the Russians tried to destroy their equipment, weapons and property on Snake Island.

“But traditionally they couldn’t handle the task.

“We have helped the invaders to finally evacuate the remains of their garrison from our island,” the Ukrainian military leader added.

Russia’s humiliating surrender of Snake Island was followed by claims that Moscow dropped banned phosphorus bombs on the outpost.

Snake Island was one of Moscow’s first targets when they launched their invasion, and was the site of the brutal massacre of 13 Ukrainians after the now-sunken warship Moskva was famously ordered to “f**k yourself”.

Putin’s Soviet-era warship was sent to the bottom of the Black Sea by Ukraine’s latest ‘Neptune’ missiles – in what is being billed as the worst naval loss since Britain sank General Belgrano.

The sinking of the Moskva in April was followed by a series of military blunders that have sparked rumors that Putin could soon face a mutiny from within his own inner circle of commanders.

Ukrainian army destroys remaining Russian equipment and weapons on Snake Island in the Black Sea

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Ukrainian army destroys remaining Russian equipment and weapons on Snake Island in the Black SeaCredit: East2West
Video shows Ukrainian army removing remaining equipment and weapons from Snake Island after Russian forces failed to recover them

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Video shows Ukrainian army removing remaining equipment and weapons from Snake Island after Russian forces failed to recover themCredit: East2West
Images reportedly show Russian cruiser Moskva's flagship shortly after it was 'hit by Ukrainian missiles' in April

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Images reportedly show Russian cruiser Moskva’s flagship shortly after it was ‘hit by Ukrainian missiles’ in AprilCredit: East2West