The Russian Navy’s Slavic-class cruiser Moscow sank in the Black Sea on Thursday, the 50th day of the Ukraine-Russia war. Ukraine has claimed to have destroyed the giant warship with the help of its Neptune cruise missile and Turkey’s by-product TB-2 drone.
At the same time, Russia maintains that an explosion of ammunition caused a Moscow warship to catch fire and sank in the Black Sea. The battleship was the “pride” of the Russian Navy and protected Vladimir Putin.
The Moscow battleship weighed 12,500 tons and was 600 feet long. The sinking of this Soviet-era warship is being seen as a psychological victory for Ukraine. Russia had earlier said the ship had caught fire and was trying to bring it ashore, but later confirmed that the Moscow warship had sunk.
The warship is said to have been stationed somewhere in the Black Sea and exploded near the port of Odessa inside Ukraine. Whatever the reason for the sinking of this warship, the Russian Navy has suffered a major setback.
Russia’s biggest naval blow in 81 years: If the claim of destroying Ukraine in a cruise missile attack turns out to be true, then it will be counted among the biggest naval strikes in the history of the current century. According to experts, this is the first time since 1941 that such a large Russian warship has been attacked by the enemy.
In 1941, German divers destroyed a Soviet battleship at the port of Kronstadt. This is the second such incident involving Russia’s Black Sea Fleet if the warship exploded due to ammunition fire.
The Russian Navy was “proud” of this ship, Putin: the Russian ship was armed with several anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles. Russia has two other warships of the same class. Their names are Marshal Ustinov and Varyag. These warships are deployed in Russia’s Northern Fleet and Pacific Fleet.
This warship was built in the 1970s to counter American aircraft carriers. Its role was to provide air defense to Soviet warships under the sea. At the time, it was called the “killer of the aircraft carrier”. The battleship first joined the Soviet Navy in 1983.