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Russian warship Moskva badly damaged as Ukraine claims responsibility : NPR


The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, is seen anchored in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in 2008.

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Russian warship Moskva badly damaged as Ukraine claims responsibility : NPR

The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, is seen anchored in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in 2008.

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A Russian missile cruiser operating in the Black Sea was heavily damaged and its crew evacuated. Ukraine and Russia offer different accounts of what happened to the ship.

The Russians say a guided-missile cruiser called Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet, suffered a fire on board Wednesday that detonated ammunition. According to Russian news agency Tass, Kremlin officials said the ship’s crew of around 500 sailors had now been evacuated and an investigation into the fire was underway.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials claimed to have attacked the Moskva, damaging the ship with Neptune cruise missiles (designed to be used against ships). Neither account could be independently confirmed and there is no information on the number of Russian sailors killed or injured.

The Moskva gained notoriety early in the war when its crew called on Ukrainian border troops defending the strategic Snake Island to surrender, only to be denied with profanity. The Ukrainian soldiers in question were initially believed to have been killed, but they were in fact taken prisoner and released in a prisoner exchange in early March.

This story originally appeared in the morning edition live blog.


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