UPDATE: Russia’s flagship vessel sinks in Black Sea after Ukrainian missile strike

As Russia’s struggle in Ukraine entered its fiftieth day, its flagship cruiser has sunk within the Black Sea, after a “fire” onboard triggered ammunition explosions. It’s the primary main warfare ship to be taken down by cruise missiles since World War Two. At least, that’s the Ukrainian side of the story.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence has released a statement on state media confirming the vessel sank whereas being pulled to port for repairs in Crimea…
“During the towing of the Moskva cruiser to the port of destination, due to harm to the hull acquired in the course of the fireplace from the detonation of ammunition, the ship misplaced stability. In the situations of stormy seas, the ship sank.”
Russian state media had earlier reported on Wednesday that a fireplace onboard the ship had detonated ammunition, requiring sailors to abandon ship. They made no mention of a Ukrainian strike, neither did they report any casualties. Russia’s Ministry of Defence has simply released an announcement about the incident, claiming…
“The fire on the cruiser Moskva is underneath management. There are not any flames visible. Ammunition provides are no longer exploding. The cruiser Moskva remains to be afloat. The major missile armoury has not been damaged. The crew of the cruiser had been evacuated to Black Sea Fleet vessels close by. Measures are being taken to tow the cruiser into port. The causes of the fire are at present being established.”
The ‘Moskva’ carried close-in missile protection techniques, naval weapons and torpedos, in addition to varied anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles — all of which may trigger big explosions onboard if fire have been to reach its ammunition shops. According to the former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, Carl Schuster…
“When a hearth reaches your ammunition magazine[s], you might have two decisions: One, flood them, or two, abandon ship. Otherwise your crew is onboard to be wiped out by the catastrophic explosion that follows a hearth reaching several hundred tons of ordnance.”
A guided missile cruiser, ‘Moskva’ is the flagship of the Russian navy’s Black Sea fleet. Storms over the realm have thus far obscured satellite imagery, preventing visible confirmation of the situation and placement of the vessel. However, experts say such a fireplace, whether the purpose for a missile strike or not, could be enough to immediate an explosion, sinking the ship to the bottom of the sea.
At 186 metres lengthy, and with a crew of practically 500, the ‘Moskva’ is the largest Russian naval ship in the Black Sea. According to the military site Naval-Technology.com, the vessel was initially commissioned into the Soviet navy within the 1980s because the “Slava” earlier than being in 1995. It was then refitted with newer expertise, re-entering service in 1998.
In a post on Telegram, Odessa state regional administrator Maxim Marchenko claimed that Ukrainian forces have used Neptune cruises missiles to attack the ‘Moskva’. If true, the Moskva could be the largest warship ever taken out by a missile, based on Schuster, who is a retired US Navy captain. The strike would even be an enormous milestone for Ukrainian navy.
The Neptune is a Ukrainian-made weapon based on the Soviet KH-35 cruise missile. According to Ukrainian media reports, the Ukrainian navy started using the weapon in 2021. Verify destroyed a Russian military ship in an occupied port at 2:02am on Tuesday morning.
This might be the primary confirmed use of a Neptune missile in the course of the warfare, based on a publish on the website of the Center for International Maritime Security, or CIMSEC, on Tuesday, which addressed the claimed attack.
In the CIMSEC submit, US Navy surface warfare officer Lt. Cmdr. Jason Lancaster who wrote that the theater of mobile, shore-based cruise missiles adjustments how an enemy behaves. He famous that Russian ships “will operate in ways to minimise the chance of detection and maximize their chances to defend themselves”.
In different wars, the Neptune missile effectively limits Russia’s capability to make use of their warfare ships to achieve a strategic benefit.
“The added stress of sudden fight will increase fatigue and might lead to mistakes.”

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