A Russian warship in the Black Sea was “seriously damaged” on Wednesday, according to a Ukrainian military official and Russian state news agencies, although each side blamed a different cause. destruction.
The head of the military forces of Odesa, Maxim Marchenko, say on Telegram that Ukrainian forces attacked the ship with Neptune anti-ship missiles. He claimed it was the same vase famous and profanity of the Ukrainian army in February, saying it went “exactly where it was sent by our border guards on Snake Island!”
Hours later, the Russian Defense Ministry said that ammunition had exploded on board the ship, a missile cruiser named Moscow, due to “a fire,” according to reports. state news agency Tass. The agency reported that the crew had been evacuated from the ship and that the cause of the fire was being investigated.
Both accounts cannot be independently verified. If Marchenko’s claims are true, the damage to the warship would mark a remarkable military victory for Ukraine – the formidable Moscow is the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
The Russian news agency reports that the ship is more than 600 meters long, entered service in the early 1980s with the Soviet Navy and carries 16 Vulkan missile launchers with a range of more than 400 miles. It has been deployed off the coast of Syria in 2015 to provide air defense systems and Georgia Coast Guard during the conflict with Russia in 2008.
Ukraine has repeatedly claimed to have destroyed Russian warships since the beginning of the war, but its reports have not always been independently verified.
In March, the Ukrainian military said it destroyed a Russian ship in the Russian-occupied port of Berdiansk in southern Ukraine, and the videos and photos were reviewed by The New York Times confirmed that a Russian ship was on fire at Port.