Conflicting reports have emerged from Russians and Ukrainians about an incident involving a Russian warship in the Black Sea.
No evidence has emerged to support either claim and CNN is unable to independently verify what happened.
What the Russians say: The Russian Defense Ministry claimed on Wednesday that the warship Moskva was evacuated after a fire on board detonated ordnance severely damaged the vessel, according to Russian state media.
What Ukrainians say: Hours earlier, Odessa state regional administrator Maxim Marchenko claimed in a message on Telegram that Ukrainian forces hit the ship with “Neptune” missiles, causing serious damage.
Bad weather: Due to severe storms over the Black Sea obscuring satellite imagery and sensory satellite data, CNN was unable to visually confirm the ship was hit. Russia’s Defense Ministry also issued no official statement on its Telegram channel acknowledging the evacuation or the fire on board.
Russian state media TASS and RIA reported that the ship’s crew had been evacuated and the cause of the fire was still being established. According to the Defense Ministry, the Moskva is a guided-missile cruiser that was built and commissioned in 1982.
Satellite images from Maxar Technologies showed the vessel just northwest of Sevastopol, Crimea, on April 10.