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

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

At this moment, the Russian army is in the process of seizing control of the strategic port of Marioupol, on the sea of ​​Azov, and those who are offensive in the south and east of the Ukraine, with croiseur lance-missiles has been “heavily damaged”says Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by state agencies RIA Novosti et TASS. “Due to a fire, ammunition exploded on board”, and the crew was fully evacuated, the ministry said, adding that an investigation was under way to determine the origin of the fire. Russian news agencies said the cruiser was equipped with sixteen Vulkan-type anti-ship cruise missiles.

“The Neptune missiles caused significant damage”

According to some sources, the attention of the Russian ship was distracted by the flyover of a Bayraktar TB2 drone. The Ukrainian authorities, for their part, claimed that the Moscow had been hit by missiles. “The Neptune missiles protecting the Black Sea caused extensive damage to this Russian ship”welcomed the Ukrainian Governor of Odessa Oblast Maksym Marchenko.

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

“We don’t understand what happened”however, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, Oleksiy Arestovych, pointed out on YouTube, according to whom “A surprise has arrived at the flagship of the Russian Black Sea fleet”. “It burns with intensity. Now. And, with these rough seas, it is impossible to know when they will be able to receive help.”he said again, assuring that “510 Crew” they were on board. About fifty Russian sailors were reportedly picked up by a Turkish ship.

This 12,490-ton ship, 180 meters long and with 66 officers and 419 sailors, was commissioned during the Soviet Union era, in 1983. It belongs to the Slava class of missile cruisers intended primarily for anti-ship warfare, with the main targets being NATO aircraft carriers during the Cold War. She participated in the Russian intervention in Syria since 2015.

In the first days of the invasion of Ukraine, he participated in an attack against snake island, near the Romanian border, during which 19 Ukrainian sailors were captured to later be exchanged for Russian prisoners. The ship is depicted on a stamp put into service on Wednesday by the Ukrainian Post.

You Moscow it is not the first ship attacked: on March 24, the Ukrainian Navy destroyed the troop transport ship Orsk in the busy port of Berdyansk80 kilometers west of the strategic port of Mariupol.

Le Monde and AFP and

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