(CNN Spanish) – The Russian state news agency TASS reported that the Russian warship Moscow had sunk, citing a report by the Russian Defense Ministry.
“When the Moskva cruiser was towed to the target port, the hull was damaged during a firecracker explosion and the ship lost its stability. Under storm sea conditions, the ship sank,” the statement said. According to TASS.
Controversial accounts have emerged of an incident involving a warship in the Black Sea on Wednesday.
The guided missile caught fire on board the ship, the explosives on board exploded, causing extensive damage to the ship and forcing the warship’s crew to evacuate. Ukraine claims to have hit Moscow with anti-ship missiles and later claimed it sank.
CNN could not independently confirm what caused the damage to the ship.
Cited by the Russian Ministry of Defense, state agencies TASS and RIA Novosti, Reported A fire broke out in Moscow, followed by an explosion and the evacuation of its crew. The ship was severely damaged and the cause of the fire is being investigated, the report said.
But Maxim Marchenko, regional administrator of the state of Odessa, Said A telegram reported that Ukrainian forces had attacked Moscow using Neptune cruise missiles.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby Said CNN’s Brianna Keilar said there was an “explosion” in Moskva, but the United States could not immediately say whether the ship was hit by a missile.
What kind of ship is Moscow and why is it important?
It’s about one Ship 186 meters long, with displacement 11,490 tons And a crew of 500, full-range anti-ship missiles – including P-500 Bazalt- and anti-aircraft missiles, as well as torpedoes and artillery. அவனா Pride Russian Navy in the Black Sea.
In Soviet design and construction, it was put in water Put Named Slava in 1983, it was renamed Moscow – both referring to the Moskva River, which flows through Moscow and the Russian capital – and was reassembled in 1995 and 1998.
The Moskva service has two sister ships, Marshall Ustinov and Varyak, the fourth – Ukraine-owned Ukraine – launched in 1990, but it is not finished. Naval-Technology.com.
Cruisers are warships of larger dimensions and capabilities than warships, which have a large presence in the world’s navies, but are below the aircraft carriers.
Since he was re-fitted, Moscow has been active. In 2008 he was sent to the Black Sea during the Russia-Georgia war. 2014 participated in the siege of Ukrainian ships during the Russian annexation of Crimea.One of the forerunners of the current conflict.
In 2016 he participated in a support mission for Russian forces in Syria, stationed in the Mediterranean, Reuters reports.
One blow to the Russian army
Analysts point out that this is a serious blow to the Russian military and national pride The setbacks in its invasion of Ukraine, which began in FebruaryWhatever the cause of the fire that caused the explosion.
Carl Schuster, retired U.S. Navy captain and former director of the US Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Center, Said “The loss of a ballistic missile submarine or the Kutsnetsov (Russia’s only aircraft carrier) would be a serious blow to the morale of the Russian people and the reputation of the Navy,” he told CNN.
To Alessio Badlano, Professor of War and Strategy at King’s College London, “Ships are great floating areas of the national landscape. When you lose one, you do not lose a single primary ship. In addition to military losses, the political and symbolic message stands out precisely.”
If the reports of the Ukraine attack are confirmed, it will be more First military use The Neptune missile was developed by Ukraine from the Soviet KH-35 cruise missile. Such success is possible Change Behavior of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea.
He was also the protagonist of Moscow The Serpent Island incident At the beginning of the war, when the Russians closed the Ukrainian garrison on the island, it was also known as Zmiinyi Island, according to Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky.
A Russian official at the time said: “This is a Russian warship. This is a Russian warship. I recommend you lay down your arms and surrender to avoid unnecessary bloodshed and casualties. Otherwise you will be bombed.”
A Ukrainian soldier replied: “Russian warship, go sh * t.”
In addition, it is the second warship damaged during the Moscow war after Ukraine at the end of March Said A missile destroys an Orsk-Russian landing ship in the port of Berdyansk in the Sea of Azov.
With information from Brad London.