The warship is now heading further east, he added, and US officials believe it will likely dock in Sevastopol – a Black Sea port city in Crimea, the disputed peninsula south of the country. Ukraine which Russia seized and annexed in 2014.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the warship was ‘severely damaged’ and its crew ‘completely evacuated’ after the explosion, which occurred when ‘ammunition exploded’ following an explosion. ‘a fire, according to Russian state news agency TASS.
Meanwhile, Odessa Governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram that Ukrainian-made Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles fired by border guards at the Black Sea Snake Island “caused great serious damage” to the warship.
In an interview on CNNKirby said the blast was “significant enough” that US officials “noted indications that other Navy vessels around her had attempted to come to her aid.”
“Ultimately, apparently it wasn’t necessary, so she’s now crossing the Black Sea under her own power,” Kirby said, “and we’ll keep trying to monitor that as best we can.”