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the amphibious landing vessel Yuri Olefirenko.

She might be old and ugly and crude, but it’s possible Yuri Olefirenko is playing an important role in arguably the most important Ukrainian offensive operation in the aftermath of the mid-November liberation of Kherson.

Assuming she’s still afloat—and there’s recent evidence she is—Yuri Olefirenko is in a position to support the ongoing Ukrainian amphibious operation on the Kinburn Spit, a three-mile finger of sand and scrub curling south to north across the mouth of the Dnipro River.

The spit is important for two reasons. Whoever holds it can control ship traffic between the Black Sea and the ports of Kherson and Mykolaiv. The spit and the adjacent Kinburn Peninsula also are a way for Ukrainian forces to get into southern Kherson

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