Discover the first images of the sinking of the Russian cruiser Moskva, this flagship of 186 meters in length “severely damaged” by Ukrainian missiles.
It is a ship whose loss has provoked the wrath of Moscow. The cruiser “Moskva”, the flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, was “very damaged“Thursday April 14 due to an ammunition explosion according to Moscow. Ukraine claims, through the voice of several officials, that the sinking of the cruiser is indeed the result of missile fire. Washington supports this version.
Kremlin authorities initially disputed the version put forward by kyiv, before acknowledging the loss of the ship during its evacuation to the Crimean port of Sevastopol. A symbol of Russian naval power, the sinking of the Moskva marks a major setback for Vladimir Putin’s forces.
Four days after the Ukrainian operation, the first images of the damaged ship reach social networks, especially Twitter. In the most credible images, dated April 14, we see a cruise ship on fire, about to sink.
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\u27a1\ufe0f Appearance (April 18, 2022) of photographs (RT @BormanIke) representing the cruiser “Moskva” (1983 – 2022) – Izd. 1164 “Atlant” – which confirms some previous statements: pic.twitter.com/ZNtpu0QIjT
— Jean-Baptiste Antoine Colbert Marquis de Seignelay (@FauteuilColbert) April 17, 2022
A user also points out that “the various rescue teams” are missing from the cruise ship. “At the time of the photo it looks like the decision was made to abandon ship,” she continues.
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\ud83d\udd38 Photo of the damaged Moskva cruiser in the Black Sea on April 15, 2022. Several rescue teams are missing. Without tug or crew. At the time of the photo it appears that the decision was made to abandon ship. pic.twitter.com/1ZFvu3SUI6
— (Small) Think Tank (@L_ThinkTank) April 18, 2022
HI Sutton, an American expert in defensive analysis and underwater systems, reveals in a tweet the areas of the ship that appear to have been affected by the Ukrainian attacks.
“The first scans show Vulkan missile fire from the rear and S-300 missile fire from the front. [du Moskva]“He wrote on the social network.
At least 42 dead
The destruction of Moskva angered Moscow. In the past three days, Russian forces have carried out several attacks on military factories in the kyiv region, following the sinking of their cruiser.
At least 42 sailors are believed to have lost their lives in the accident. The fate of the other 450 men on the Moskva remains uncertain, even if Nikolai Levmenov, the commander-in-chief of the Russian navy, claims that “the ship’s crew is at the heroic main base in Sevastopol.” “These officers will continue to serve in the Navy,” he continued in an official statement.