UPDATE: Russia’s flagship vessel sinks in Black Sea after Ukrainian missile strike

As Russia’s war in Ukraine entered its fiftieth day, its flagship cruiser has sunk in the Black Sea, after a “fire” onboard caused ammunition explosions. It’s the primary major struggle ship to be taken down by cruise missiles since World War Two. At least, that’s the Ukrainian side of the story.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence has launched a press release on state media confirming the vessel sank whereas being pulled to port for repairs in Crimea…
“During the towing of the Moskva cruiser to the port of destination, due to damage to the hull obtained during the fireplace from the detonation of ammunition, the ship misplaced stability. In Because of stormy seas, the ship sank.”
Russian state media had earlier reported on Wednesday that a hearth onboard the ship had detonated ammunition, requiring sailors to desert ship. They made no mention of a Ukrainian strike, neither did they report any casualties. Russia’s Ministry of Defence has just launched a press release concerning the incident, claiming…
“The hearth on the cruiser Moskva is underneath management. There are not any flames visible. Ammunition provides are no longer exploding. The cruiser Moskva continues to be afloat. The major missile armoury has not been damaged. The crew of the cruiser were evacuated to Black Sea Fleet vessels nearby. Measures are being taken to tow the cruiser into port. The causes of the fireplace are at present being established.”
The ‘Moskva’ carried close-in missile defense techniques, naval weapons and torpedos, as properly as numerous anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles — all of which may trigger huge explosions onboard if fire have been to reach its ammunition stores. According to the former director of operations on the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, Carl Schuster…
“When a fireplace reaches your ammunition magazine[s], you’ve two decisions: One, flood them, or two, abandon ship. Otherwise your crew is onboard to be worn out by the catastrophic explosion that follows a fire reaching a quantity of hundred tons of ordnance.”
A guided missile cruiser, ‘Moskva’ is the flagship of the Russian navy’s Black Sea fleet. Storms over the world have up to now obscured satellite imagery, preventing visual confirmation of the situation and site of the vessel. However, consultants say such a fireplace, whether or not the cause of a missile strike or not, could be enough to prompt an explosion, sinking the ship to the underside of the ocean.
At 186 metres lengthy, and with a crew of practically 500, the ‘Moskva’ is the largest Russian naval ship in the Black Sea. According to the military site Naval-Technology.com, the vessel was originally commissioned into the Soviet navy within the Nineteen Eighties because the “Slava” before being in 1995. It was then refitted with newer technology, re-entering service in 1998.
In a publish on Telegram, Odessa state regional administrator Maxim Marchenko claimed that Ukrainian forces have used Neptune cruises missiles to assault the ‘Moskva’. If true, the Moskva will be the largest warship ever taken out by a missile, based on Schuster, who is a retired US Navy captain. The strike would also be an enormous milestone for Ukrainian army.
The Neptune is a Ukrainian-made weapon based on the Soviet KH-35 cruise missile. According to Ukrainian media stories, the Ukrainian navy started utilizing the weapon in 2021. Ukraine claims they destroyed a Russian army ship in an occupied port at 2:02am on Tuesday morning.
This could be the first confirmed use of a Neptune missile through the warfare, according to a post on the website of the Center for International Maritime Security, or CIMSEC, on Tuesday, which addressed the claimed assault.
In the CIMSEC submit, US Navy floor warfare officer Lt. Cmdr. Jason Lancaster who wrote that the theater of cellular, shore-based cruise missiles adjustments how an enemy behaves. He noted that Russian ships “will operate in methods to minimise the chance of detection and maximize their possibilities to defend themselves”.
In different wars, the Neptune missile effectively limits Russia’s capacity to make use of their war ships to gain a strategic advantage.
“The added stress of sudden fight will increase fatigue and may result in errors.”

Leave a Comment