Imagery has emerged showing the aftermath of a Ukrainian missile strike on a Russian warship.
The images show the ship billowing smoke and low in the water. The vessel is also seen listing to port with damage on its left side
Another view. pic.twitter.com/gI0rKdGXm6
— George Allison (@geoallison) April 18, 2022
With a crew of 510, Moskva was the most powerful warship in the Black Sea region.
She sank on 14 April 2022 in the Black Sea, 100 km from the coast of Odessa. Ukrainian officials and the US Department of Defense said Ukraine attacked the cruiser with two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles. The Russian Ministry of Defence said a fire caused a munitions explosion.
First pictures emerge showing damage to 🇷🇺Russian cruiser RFS #Moskva before she sank.
— Navy Lookout (@NavyLookout) April 18, 2022
The images are consistent with Ukrainian claims that two missiles hit the cruiser before it rolled and sank and appear to contradict Russian claims that the vessel went down in rough seas whilst being towed.
According to the Lithuanian defence minister, there were 485 crew members aboard, including 66 officers. He also said that a “Turkish ship” responded to a distress call and saved 54 crew members at 2 a.m. local time. The captain of the ship was reported to have died in the incident.
— Mike Eckel (@Mike_Eckel) April 18, 2022
Russia has not announced any casualties in the fire or the sinking of the ship. American sources however believe there were casualties in the event.
The ‘Snake Island Warship’
In February 2022, the cruiser left Sevastopol for the Black Sea as part of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The ship was later used against the Ukrainian armed forces during the attack on Snake Island together with the Russian patrol boat Vasily Bykov. Moskva hailed the island’s garrison over the radio and demanded its surrender, and was told “Russian warship, go fuck yourself“. After this, all contact was lost with Snake Island, and the thirteen-member Ukrainian garrison was captured. The exchange has been translated as:
Russian warship: “Snake Island, I, Russian warship, repeat the offer: put down your arms and surrender, or you will be bombed. Have you understood me? Do you copy?”
Ukrainian 1: “That’s it, then. Or, do we need to fuck them back off?”
Ukrainian 2: “Might as well.”
Ukrainian 1: “Russian warship, go fuck yourself.”