Russia suffered one of its greatest material setbacks since the beginning of the invasion of Ukrainethe cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, having been “heavily damaged” by an ammunition explosion according to Moscow, and by missile attacks according to Kyiv.
When the Russian army is in the process of taking control of the strategic port of Mariupolin the Sea of Azov, and to expand its offensive in southern and eastern Ukraine, the Moskva guided-missile cruiser was “heavily damaged”according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, quoted by the state agencies Ria Novosti and Tass.
“Due to a fire, the ammunition exploded on board the Moskva missile cruiser. The ship was badly damaged. according to the ministry cited by the Tass and Ria Novosti agencies. The crew was fully evacuated and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, he added.
Ukrainian authorities claimed earlier in the evening that it was their missiles that caused the fire. “The Neptune missiles protecting the Black Sea caused extensive damage to this Russian ship”said the Ukrainian governor of the Odessa region (south), Maxime Marchenko.
An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksiï Arestovitch, confirmed the Ukrainian attacks on the ship on YouTube, without indicating its location. “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, assuring that “ 510 crew » they were on board.
The Moskva cruiser had participated in the first days of the invasion in an attack against Snake Island, located in the Black Sea near the Romanian border, during which 19 Ukrainian sailors had been captured. They were later exchanged for Russian prisoners.
Four civilians killed and 10 wounded in Kharkiv
Four civilians were killed and at least ten wounded in Wednesday’s Russian strikes in Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine, the region’s governor announced.
“During the day, the occupiers continued to shell Kharkiv’s residential areas… Four civilians were killed in one day and ten others were injured,” announced on Telegram Oleg Synegoubov.
According to Mr. Synegoubov, “heavy artillery fire” it fell particularly in the northern district of Kharkiv. The Russians “kill while carrying out attacks against the civilian population”, the penalty.
The second largest city in Ukraine, with almost 1.5 million inhabitants before the war, Kharkiv is located about forty kilometers from the Russian border.
It came under heavy fighting for several days at the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, but still remained under the control of Ukrainian forces.
Biden announces massive new military aid to Ukraine
Armored vehicles, artillery, helicopters: Joe Biden gave the go-ahead Wednesday for massive new military aid to Ukraine, with heavier equipment than those delivered so far.
During a telephone call this Wednesday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, the US president announced that he had released a new tranche of aid worth 800 million dollars, according to a press release from the White House.
These new American deliveries will include part of the equipment “very effective that we have already delivered to Ukraine, but also “new habilities” included “artillery systems” and the “armoured personnel carriers”, said the American executive.
Moscow threatens to attack the “decision-making centers”
The Russian military threatened on Wednesday to attack command centers in the Ukrainian capital kyiv, which Moscow has renounced for the time being, accusing Ukraine of shooting and sabotaging on Russian territory.
“If such events continue, the Russian military will carry out attacks on decision-making centers, including in kyiv, which the Russian military has so far refrained from doing.” said the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman.