the “Moskva”, flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea “severely damaged”


It would be the first sunken warship since the Argentine cruiser General-Belgranotorpedoed by a British submarine during the Falklands War on 2 May 1982: the cruiser Moscowflagship of the Black Sea Fleet, was abandoned by the crew on Thursday 14 April after the explosion of ammunition.

As the Russian army is about to take control of the strategic port of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov and extend its offensive into southern and eastern Ukraine, this missile cruiser is “seriously damaged”Russian Defense Ministry says, quoted by government agencies RIA Novosti and cashAmmunition on board exploded by fire, and the crew had been fully evacuated, the ministry said, adding that an investigation is underway to determine the origin of the fire. Russian news agencies said the cruiser was equipped with 16 Vulkan-type anti-ship cruise missiles.

“Neptune missiles have caused significant damage”

According to some sources, the Russian ship’s attention was diverted by an overflight of a Bayraktar TB2 drone. The Ukrainian authorities, for their part, confirmed that the Moscow was hit by missiles. “Neptune missiles protecting the Black Sea have wreaked havoc on this Russian ship”welcomed the Ukrainian governor of Odessa Oblast, Maksym Marchenko.

A spokesman for Odessa’s military administration, Serhi Brachuk, wrote on Telegram that: “According to the available data, missiles [ukrainiens] were at the origin of serious damage to the ship.

‘We don’t understand what happened’However, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, Oleksiy Arestovych, pointed to YouTube, according to whom “A surprise has arrived at the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet”“He burns with intensity. Utilities. And with these rough seas, it’s impossible to know when they can get help.”he said again, assuring that “510 crew members” were on board. About fifty Russian sailors are said to have been picked up by a Turkish ship.

This 12,490-ton ship, 180 meters long and with 66 officers and 419 sailors on board, entered service in 1983 during the Soviet Union. It belongs to the Slava class of missile cruisers mainly intended for the warfare against ships, targets are NATO aircraft carriers during the Cold War. He took part in the Russian intervention in Syria from 2015.

In the early days of the invasion of Ukraine, he took part in an attack on snake island, near the Romanian border, where 19 Ukrainian sailors were captured to be later exchanged for Russian prisoners. The ship is depicted on a stamp that was taken into use by the Ukrainian Post on Wednesday.

the Moscow is not the first ship to be targeted: on March 24, the Ukrainian navy had destroyed the troopship Orsk in the occupied port of Berdyansk80 kilometers west of the strategic port of Mariupol

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