Russia’s Sunken Warship Is a ‘Big Blow’ to Putin, U.S. Says
The loss of the flagship vessel of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet goes beyond wounded pride, robbing the military of important protection and capabilities as the war in Ukraine enters a crucial phase for Moscow.
It is still unclear how the Moskva caught on fire late Wednesday night. According to Russia’s defense ministry, the ship’s ammunition storage was set off. Maksym Marchenko (the governor of Ukraine’s Odesa province), supported by the defense ministry said that it was hit by two Neptune missiles. This is a new Ukrainian antiship system, of which only one battery is known.
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