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Russia claims on Friday it destroyed a factory in kyiv that manufactures anti-ship missiles after confirming that its Black Sea Navy flagship sank.
The cruiser Moskva rose to prominence early in the war when a group of Ukrainian soldiers defending Snake Island told its operators to “fuck you” instead of surrender, according to Reuters. Moscow now claims the warship sank after a fire on board caused an explosion, but Ukrainian officials said their forces hit it on Thursday with two cruise missiles.
“During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage sustained in a fire from the detonation of ammunition. In rough sea conditions, the ship sank “, said the Russian Ministry of Defense. state media.
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In an apparent retaliatory strike for the destruction of the ship, the ministry said on Friday it hit a factory on the outskirts of kyiv that produces and repairs missiles, including anti-ship missiles, Reuters reports.
“The number and scale of missile strikes on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian territory by the nationalist regime in Kyiv,” he reportedly added.
The ministry also claimed to have shot down a Ukrainian helicopter involved in an attack on a Russian border village on Thursday, destroyed a group of 30 Polish missionaries and seized control of a steel mill in Mariupol, according to Reuters.
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A mechanic at an auto repair shop in Kyiv told Reuters on Friday that three strikes targeted an industrial building opposite his workplace.
“The building was on fire and I had to hide behind my car,” Kirill Kyrylo said before the fire was put out by firefighters.
Fox News’ Tyler O’Neil contributed to this report.