Russia’s Defense Ministry says a sailor has died and 26 others are missing after a Russian warship tried to stop a fire in Moscow. Russia’s Defense Ministry says a sailor has died and 26 others are missing after a Russian warship from the Black Sea led a battle for Ukraine.
The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sank after an explosion last week. Russia’s Defense Ministry acknowledged for the first time in a statement on Friday that casualties had occurred at the time.
Russia had earlier said in a statement that the fire had caused an explosion in Moscow and that the ship had been severely damaged, but that all sailors had been evacuated. On the night of April 14, Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Moscow cruiser had caught fire and exploded with ammunition. All sailors have been evacuated. The missiles on board are intact. The ship was damaged in the blast and all sailors were evacuated to the port on April 15. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the ship sank in rough seas at the time. News agency RIA.
The ministry said in a statement on Friday that the sailors had tried to bring the fire under control but had failed. One sailor was killed and 26 others were missing while trying to save the ship. The remaining 396 sailors were evacuated.
The missile cruiser Moscow was a symbol of Russia’s military prowess. The ship was leading an attack on Ukraine from the Black Sea. Ukraine claims its ship was sunk by anti-ship Neptune missiles. Moscow joined the Soviet Navy in 1983. Moscow could carry 16 anti-ship Valkan missiles with a range of at least 800 km. In April 2021, a retired Russian admiral described Moscow as “the most important ship in the Black Sea Fleet.”