Ukraine forces have sent a flaming Russian Navy ship "limping back to port" after a major strike, a Ukrainian official claims.

Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odesa Regional Military Administration, says an enemy logistics ship became engulfed with raging fire as it sailed across the Black Sea and forced to turn around.

He praised the work of Ukraine's sailors for the accurate strike against one of Vladimir Putin's newest vessels as the Russian President continues to wage war on Volodymyr Zelenskyy's people, the Mirror reports.

Mr Bratchuk said in an online post that the Vsevolod Bobrov had been successfully hit near Snake Island, where defenders told a Russian battleship at the beginning of the war to “go f*** yourself”.

"Thanks to the actions of our sailors, the Vsevolod Bobrov logistics vessel, one of the latest in the Russian fleet, caught fire," Mr Bratchuk wrote.

According to Ukra News, he continued: "They say that it is going to Sevastopol. The information needs to be clarified."

Bratchuk is quoted by 10ztalk to have said: "As a result of the actions of our Navy, the Vsevolod Bobrov logistics ship, one of the newest in the Russian fleet, set on fire.

"They say she is limping toward Sevastopol."

The tiny Snake island is near Ukraine's sea border with Romania.

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These reports come after shocking footage taken by a drone showed the moment a Russian helicopter was blown out of the sky by a Ukrainian missile.

The black and white footage, shared on social media, showed the Mi-8 helicopter unloading troops on Snake Island before an explosion rocks the camera.

Smoke is then seen billowing from the scene of the blast.

The short video is undated and it is unclear how many casualties were caused by the devastating attack.

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Meanwhile, incredible footage has emerged from the front line of the Russia-Ukraine war showing the moment one of Vladimir Putin 's tanks is blown to pieces by Ukrainian forces.

The video shot by Chinese state TV channel Phoenix shows the sudden blast which sent the turret of the military vehicle 250ft (70m) up into the air.

It's not clear what sort of weapon was used to wipe out the tank in an instant but it caused an immense explosion.

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