The Ukrainians claim to have attacked Russia’s main ship in the Russian Black Sea. Moskva cruiser badly damaged and crew fired, Russians say – update

AFP reports that Ukrainian authorities announced on Wednesday evening that a Ukrainian rocket had been fired at a Russian ship in Moscow. “Neptune rockets protecting the Black Sea have caused great damage to the Russian ship,” said Ukrainian Marshal Maxim Marshenko of the southern Odessa region.

Russian ship Moscow – the largest ship in the Black SeaPhoto: Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE Russia says its Black Sea Navy flagship has been severely damaged and its crew expelled following the explosion. Russia’s Defense Ministry says the explosives exploded in a fire on a Moscow missile ship, according to the Interfax news agency.

Oleksii Arestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, confirmed the Ukrainian attack on Youtube, without specifying its location.

“It’s burning hard. Now. And in this turbulent sea, it’s not clear when they can get help,” he said, promising to have “510 crew members” aboard.

These allegations could not be verified by an independent source by the AFP.

Russian news agencies have not yet reported a fire on the warship.

On March 24, a month after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian navy said it had destroyed a Russian troop ship anchored in the port of Bertiansk in the city of Mariupol in the Sea of ​​Azov.

Moscow did not confirm the loss, but the Russian military rarely provided information about its casualties.

The Moskva was the ship that struck the snake island and became the symbol of the Ukrainian border guard who refused to surrender: “Russian warship, go to my F ***

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How Modern Moscow and the Russian Black Sea Navy were modernized

In early 2014, the year Russia annexed Crimea, the Russian Black Sea Fleet was the oldest, even in Moscow’s exhausted standard.

All 38 ships in the navy’s front line were derived from Soviet times, including the flagship Moscow, the Cruiser Kerch, and the destroyer Smetlivi.

The navy was made up of warships, corvettes, a landing ship and an electric submarine.

Following the merger, the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet was moved to the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, and a major modernization project was launched.

Russian ships in parade in Sevastopol (Photo: Vasily Badanov / Sputnik / Profimedia Images)

Kersey and Smetlevy were removed, and their crew was transferred to new ships coming from various shipyards, including Kersey in eastern Crimea.

Primitive Moscow also passed through shipyards and rejoined the fleet of P-1000 supersonic anti-ship missiles.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has been strengthened Admiral Grigorovich-class missiles, three sophisticated warships with four sophisticated program 22160 patrol vessels and six warships with six kilo-class submarines.

In 2014, the Black Sea Navy had no surface-to-air missiles, but today one-third of its ships are equipped with caliper missiles, which are manned by spy drones and aircraft.

Russian ships in the Black Sea are not very large on average. Moscow, the largest ship ever, has a displacement of only 12,500 tons.

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