The Russian intelligence gathering ship “Liman” has sunk off the coast of Istanbul after sustaining damage as a result of a collision with a freighter.
Russia confirmed earlier that the hull of the Liman, part of its Black Sea Fleet, had sustained a breach, with crew working to keep it afloat.
The cause of the collision with a Togo-flagged livestock ship is unclear but heavy fog was reported in the area.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) usually passes through the Bosphorus Strait for deployments in the Mediterranean, notably in Syria.
All 78 crew aboard the Liman were safely evacuated.