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The Russian Defense Ministry released footage purporting to show sailors on the Moskva warship. Ukraine speaks of an attempted reprisal.

  • The Russian warship “Moskva” sinks during the Ukrainian war*.
  • According to Ukrainian and American information, Ukrainian “Neptune” rockets sank the ship, Russia* insists on an accident.
  • You can read all current developments regarding the warship “Mowska” here.

+++ 7:40 p.m.: According to the Ukrainian government, the Russian attack on a military factory near kyiv was in retaliation for the destruction of the Russian warship Moskva. This was reported by the AFP news agency on Easter Sunday (04/17/2022). At the end of March, Moscow announced that it wanted to concentrate its offensive on eastern Ukraine. On Friday, however, the Kremlin threatened further attacks on the Ukrainian capital.

The attack on the munitions factory near the Brovaryj settlement in the Kyiv region was confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday via the Telegram news service. The military complex was therefore destroyed with “high precision air missiles”.

The Russian flagship “Moskva” was reportedly destroyed by Ukrainian bombing. Ukraine now accuses Russia of trying to retaliate. (File photo) ©AFP

Update for Sunday, April 17, 2022, 10:50 a.m.: What happened to the 500-man crew of the “Moskva”? This question still cannot be answered. Ukraine suspects there were fatalities, while Russia says the crew was evacuated.

Yesterday the Ministry of Defense in Moscow released a video purporting to show members of the crew. There is still disagreement as to whether the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet was hit by Ukrainian Neptune-type rockets or – as the Russian side claims – damaged by the detonation of ammunition.

The warship “Moskva” sank: a video from Russia would show the rescued crew

+++ 8:15 p.m.: After the sinking of the Russian warship Moskva, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video purporting to show members of the ship’s crew. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov met with the sailors in Sevastopol, the agency said. The city on the Crimean peninsula is the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Dozens of young men in black uniforms can be seen in the video, which is nearly half a minute long. It is difficult to estimate their exact number. As dpa reports, some Twitter users believe that it could not be the approximately 500 crew members who were on board the ship at the time of the accident. A Ukrainian military spokeswoman previously said the crew of the ‘Moskva’ could not be saved before the ship sank, Russia announced that the crew had been completely evacuated (see 3:20 p.m. report)

Russian warship “Moskva”: the crew was not evacuated in time, according to Ukraine

+++ 3:20 p.m.: According to a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian army, the crew of the “Moskva” – about 500 people – could not be saved before the ship sank. The Russian story is different: Already on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, Russia announced that the crew of the “Moskva” had been completely evacuated.

+++ 1:05 p.m.: According to kyiv, the captain of the Russian missile cruiser “Moskva” is dead, announced Anton Geraschenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, according to n-tv.de. “Anton Kuprin, captain 1st rank, commander of the cruiser ‘Moskva’ died in an explosion and fire aboard the former flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” Gerashenko wrote in his Telegram channel, according to n-tv.

Ukraine’s State Border Service also reported that the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Kuprin’s death. However, no information about the captain’s death could be found on the ministry’s website or on its social media.

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.

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.

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,” according to the British intelligence report.

+++ 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.

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 “crucial 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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