Ukrainian war: the cause of the sinking of the “Moskva” well clarified – Russia insists on the accident

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  • Alina Schröder

  • Jan Frederik Wendt

    Jan Frederik Wendt

  • Tobie Utz

    Tobie Utz

The cause of the sinking of the Russian warship “Moskva” in the Ukrainian war must be clarified. The Russian version is called propaganda.

Update for Saturday, April 16, 2022, 6:45 a.m.: In Ukraine, a postage stamp depicting a Ukrainian soldier giving the finger to a Russian warship has become a collector’s item. Hundreds of Ukrainians lined up for hours at kyiv’s main post office on Friday to get copies of the stamp. The postage stamp had acquired a new meaning after the sinking of the “Moskva”, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

However, the background story of the pattern is set in the early days of the war in February. At that time, Ukrainian border guards on the Little Snake Island shouted “Fuck you” at a Russian ship, which demanded they surrender. The radio message went around the world and became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.

Warship “Moskva”: the cause of the sinking has been clarified – Russia insists on an accident

+++ 8:15 p.m.: The reason for the sinking of the Russian warship “Moskva” should be clarified: According to the United States, this was caused by the impact of Ukrainian missiles. According to a senior US Department of Defense official, who asked not to be named, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was hit by two Neptune missiles. He thus confirmed information from the Ukrainian army, which had also reported the impact of the Ukrainian rocket on the “Moskva”.

Russia, on the other hand, insists on unfortunate circumstances: according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, there was an accident during which ammunition allegedly exploded on board the cruiser. The explosion started a fire which damaged the fuselage. The ship was then evacuated before sinking in a storm. As spiegel.de reports, experts call the Russian version propaganda. The naval expert of the “Royal United Service Institute” in London, Sidharth Kaushal, considers a Ukrainian attack as plausible. Ukraine had the weapons for this, and the “Moskva” followed a relatively expected route around Snake Island.

According to US data, the Russian warship “Moskva” was hit by Ukrainian missiles before sinking.

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German meteorological expert Jörg Kachelmann also considers the Russian depiction to be nonsense. “These are lies from a time when you didn’t know what the weather was like somewhere else,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to his publicly available weather data. “The ‘Moskva’ certainly didn’t sink because of a storm, because there was no storm,” says Kachelmann.

Sunken warship “Moskva”: what consequences does the loss have for the Russian Navy

+++ 5 p.m.: The reasons for the sinking of the “Moskva” are still unclear. Ukraine also claims to have sunk the warship with a missile attack. Turkish Bayraktar-TB2 drones could also have been used, for example, to distract air defenses.

+++ 2 p.m.: According to the United States, the sinking of the “Moskva” has consequences for the operational capacity of the Russian navy in the war in Ukraine. The Russian cruiser played a “key role” in Russia’s efforts to establish “naval dominance in the Black Sea”, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN.

With the loss of the Moskva, the Russian fleet not only loses a lot of firepower. Your warships could now be increasingly targeted by shore batteries. Because Ukraine got anti-ship missiles from Britain in addition to “Neptune” missiles produced in its own country. In order to avoid these missiles, Russian warships will probably have to increase the distance to the coast. Landing maneuvers like the one in Odessa are therefore much less likely.

The Russian warship Moskva, photographed in December 2015. (File photo)

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Ukrainian war: British secret service comments on the sunken warship “Moskva”

+++ 1 p.m.: British intelligence has released a report on the state of the Russian Navy. He states that the situation after the sinking of the warship Moskva needs to be reassessed: “The ship was one of only three ‘Slava-class cruisers’ in the Russian Navy.” suffered damage to significant naval equipment for the second time.” This statement probably refers to the Ukrainian attack on the ship “Saratov” in the port of Bergdyansk on March 24, 2022.

“Both events are likely to prompt Russia to reconsider its maritime position in the Black Sea,” the British intelligence report said.

+++ 07:45: According to the US Department of Defense, it is “likely” that there were deaths and injuries in the sinking of the Russian warship “Moskva”. Up to 500 troops were on board, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “I don’t know how many they shot down. We saw evidence that there were lifeboats and some sailors may have abandoned ship,” he told CNN.

“But if it got hit by a missile – even if it was just an internal explosion that burned ammunition, as the Russians say – you’ll probably have some dead and injured on board.” According to a spokesman for the Ukrainian army, the ship was hit by a “Neptun” type rocket from the warship (see first report). The Kremlin denied and mentioned an explosion of ammunition on board and a consequence of the rough seas.

The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, drops anchor September 11, 2008 in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. (file photo)

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First report for Friday, April 15, 2022, 7 a.m.: kyiv/Odessa – On Thursday (April 14, 2022), the Russian military lost what was probably its most important warship in the war in Ukraine*. This is the Moskva missile cruiser, which is part of the Black Sea Fleet. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow * referred to the fact that the military ship lost its “balance” and sank in rough seas. According to the Kremlin, ammunition had exploded on board. Instead, the Ukrainian armed forces claimed the sinking of the “Moskva” for themselves. So far, it is unknown who or what is actually responsible for the sinking of the warship.

The spokesman for the Ukrainian army in the port city of Odessa, Sergey Brachuk, announced that the “Moskva” had been hit by Ukrainian missiles of the “Neptune” type. Volodymyr Zelenskyy*, President of Ukraine*, alluded to the sunken Russian warship in a video speech and praised everyone “who showed that Russian ships can go to the bottom”.

“Hard blow” for Russia in the war in Ukraine: the warship “Moskva” sinks

The U.S. government called it a “death blow” to the Russian Navy*. The missile-equipped cruiser played a “key role” in the Russian military’s efforts to establish “naval dominance in the Black Sea”, US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby told CNN.

The Soviet-built “Moskva” had blocked the port of Mariupol in southern Ukraine with other ships of the Black Sea Fleet: there was great suffering for weeks, ” hunger and want” dominate. * (tu/jfw with dpa/AFP) *fr.de is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA.

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