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A US official told Fox News on Friday that the latest US assessment is that The Russian warship Moskva was hit by two Ukrainian missiles before sinking.
The United States believes the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Navy was about 60 nautical miles south of Odessa at the time of the explosion.
Moscow claimed the ship sank after a fire on board caused an explosion.
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“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.
US officials also said on Friday it was unclear how many Russian sailors were killed in the attack due to a lack of satellite imagery.
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Officials said two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles are believed to have been used in the operation.
US officials cannot confirm where the ship ultimately sank in the Black Sea, but it was heading east toward the Crimean port city of Sevastopol.
Fox News’ Mark Meredith and Liz Friden contributed to this report.