Russia Confirms Black Sea Flagship On Fire, “Seriously Damaged” Off Odessa After Reported Missile Strike
UPDATE 4/14/22 1630 PM EST – Russia’s missile cruiser “Moskva”, the former flagship of its Black Sea fleet, sank while being towed to port, the Russian Defense Ministry says.
Update(2011ET): Russia has belatedly confirmed that its Moskva warship has suffered significant damage after Ukrainian officials said its forces scored direct missile hits on the ship off Odessa’s coast.
However, Russian state RIA is seeking to counter the Ukrainian narrative, saying that the Moskva has been “seriously damaged” due to a fire that broke out on board which detonated ammunition. But there weren’t further details provided, resulting in an emerging consensus among Western observers that likely the ship was indeed struck. The Ukrainians said earlier they struck the vessel with two Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles…
Thus like in many other cases in this grinding war, two contrary narratives have quickly emerged…
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