Moskva Cruiser Sinks in Black Sea Hours After Russia Denies Missile Strike

Russian missile cruiser Moskva has sunk within the Black Sea hours after Ukraine claimed to have dealt vital injury to the ship with a missile strike whereas Russian officers claimed the ship was nonetheless steady and any injury was attributable to a hearth on board that brought on some ammunition to detonate.

“During the towing of the Moskva cruiser to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to damage to the hull received during the fire from the detonation of ammunition. In the conditions of stormy seas, the ship sank,” the Russian Defense Ministry introduced by Russian state media outlet TASS.

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The Russian missile cruiser Moskva sank Thursday. Above, pro-Russian supporters wave flags as they welcome the missile cruiser Moskva, a flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, coming into Sevastopol bay on September 10, 2008.
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Also Thursday, it was reported that after the injury to the Moskva was confirmed, different Russian ships within the space had been moved additional away from the coast.

The Kyiv Independent quoted a report from Forbes Ukraine that estimated the price of the Moskva to be round $750 million, by far the biggest lack of the warfare for Russia, which has misplaced a number of different plane and different autos that Forbes Ukraine estimated to be value tens of tens of millions of {dollars}.

It was additionally beforehand reported that the crew of a minimum of 500 sailors had been evacuated to different Russian ships within the space after the hearth and explosions broke out.

Moskva additionally made headlines to start with days of the invasion because the self-identified “Russian warship” that was advised to “go f**k yourself” by Ukrainian troopers stationed on Snake Island within the Black Sea.

Initial studies alleged that the 13 troopers on the island had been killed shortly after the radio trade that garnered tens of millions of views and plenty of pointed to it for instance of Ukrainian bravery throughout the onset of the invasion. However, within the days and weeks following the assault, Ukrainian officers mentioned the troopers had been presumed lifeless after the assault destroyed the island’s communication infrastructure, however days later they had been capable of attain the troopers who had as an alternative been taken captive by Russian troopers.

The Snake Island troopers had been ultimately a part of the primary trade of prisoners within the warfare, and a minimum of one of many males returned to their dwelling area of Ukraine and was given a medal for his service, Newsweek beforehand reported.

Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet and began crusing missions for the Soviet Navy in 1983 beneath the identify “Slava,” or “Glory,” earlier than its identify was modified in 1995, Newsweek reported.

Video shared by Ukrainian officers early Thursday morning Eastern Time confirmed an explosion within the distance at nighttime, which they alleged was the hanging of the Moskva with Ukrainian Neptune cruise missiles. However, by the report of the ship sinking, Russia maintained its claims that the injury was brought on by a hearth that detonated ammunition.

Update 4/14/22, 5:33 p.m. ET: This story has been up to date with further info.

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