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Galley Desna under Sub-Lieutenant Juliano Lombard (who left Kherson without orders to join the fighting) arrived on 26 September.
The Ottoman squadron reportedly comprised 3 ships of the line, 4 frigates, 4 bomb vessels and 14 gunboats. One of the ships of the line blew up on 25 September. Ottoman troops were carried in 23 troop transports.
Alexander Suvorov, commanding the Russian garrison, had 19 bronze and 300 iron artillery pieces in the fortress, weak in power and range, 1,500 infantry in Kinburn and 2,500 infantry, 28 regimental and 10 field guns, and Cossack cavalry within 30 versts (roughly 50 kilometers) from the fortress.