The sinking of Moscowa Russian warship that Ukraine claims hit with a missile attack on Thursday has cost the Russian military $750 million, analysis shows Forbes Ukraine.
The media reported that Ukraine had destroyed more than 5,000 pieces of Russian equipment since the war began in late February, but that the loss of the Moscow is the most expensive. Forbes Ukraine calculated the approximate cost of the ship by comparing it to similar cruisers, which cost $720 million in 1995.
“It could easily cost $700 million to replace this ship, but given the state of disrepair we’ve seen in the Russian military, we doubt they’ll have the money to even replace it,” Sean said. Spoonts, editor of Special Operations. Force Report (SOFREP), says Newsweek.
Ukrainian officials said their country hit the ship with Neptune missiles on Thursday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych shared a video on Twitter that he claimed was footage of the strike.
“The flagship of the Russian Navy, Moscow, performed a negative surfacing operation in the area of this island where he was told to fuck off. Where is Moscow? It sank,” Arestovych wrote.
Russia, meanwhile, claimed that the damage to the ship was caused by a fire on board that detonated ammunition.
“When towing the Moscow cruiser at the port of destination, the ship lost stability due to hull damage received during the fire from the detonation of ammunition. In rough sea conditions, the ship sank,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Russia reportedly moved some ships further from the Ukrainian coast after the alleged missile strike.
“The Russian warship Moskva is still suspected of dealing with a fire and is believed to be heading for Sevastopol, a senior US defense official said,” Reuters journalist Idrees Ali wrote. on Twitter. “An official said less than half a dozen Russian warships in the northern Black Sea moved away from the coast after the incident.”
Some experts said the destruction of the ship could mean a major change in the Ukraine-Russia war.
“If Ukraine can challenge the Black Sea Fleet (and it looks like it can), then the takeover of Crimea is quite possible. A total victory is possible,” the security expert said. . Paul Massaro wrote on Twitter. Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014.
“The historic performance of the Ukrainian military against the dismal performance of the Russians is really something to see,” Massaro added.
“For Putin’s regime this is a pivotal moment as the ship was the visual epitome of Russian global power,” tweeted Daniel Kurz, professor of political science and history at Middlesex County College.
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.