he was in “badly damaged” after a bomb attack on Wednesday, April 13. The Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by the state agency TASS, said on Thursday “When towing the cruiser Moskva (…) the ship lost its stability due to damage to its hull (…) In rough seas, the ship sank”. Earlier in the day, Moscow spoke of an ammunition explosion on board after a fire, while Kyiv claimed the cruiser was hit by Ukrainian missiles. Franceinfo summarizes what should be remembered from the day of April 14th.
According to the Pentagon, the loss of the Russian ship was a “hard blow”.
The Pentagon, for its part, described as “hard hit” the shipwreck in the Black Sea. “It will affect their abilities” of battle, for the ship was a “Key element of their efforts to establish naval dominance in the Black Sea”added American announcer John Kirby on the CNN channel.
As for the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he made it clear. In his evening ritual video message, he referred to and called his men “those who showed that Russian ships can only go to the bottom”.
A highly symbolic loss as it is the first time a warship has been sunk since the Falklands War between the UK and Argentina, they say the world.
Return of the French Embassy in Kyiv
The French embassy in Ukraine, which was relocated to Lviv (west) in early March, will return to the capital Kyiv, French diplomacy said.
London sanctions two Russian oligarchs
The UK has sanctioned two oligarchs presented as relatives of Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich. They are Eugene Tenenbaum and David Davidovitch. According to the British Foreign Office, these sanctions are part of British retaliation for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A new exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners
30 Ukrainians have been released in a new prisoner swap with Russia, Kyiv said. It’s about “Fourth Prisoner Exchange”Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram without specifying the number of Russians exchanged for these Ukrainians.
The Russian governor accuses Ukraine of bombing a village
The governor of a Russian region bordering Ukraine accused Kiev forces of bombing two Russian villages, including one with helicopters, on Thursday and reported casualties. A version disputed by Ukraine, who accused Moscow of planning “terrorist attack” to supply in the border region “anti-Ukrainian hysteria”.