Russian cruiser Moskva did not sink and explosions on board have ceased, Moscow says

The cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet damaged during the offensive against Ukraine, has not sunk and the explosions on board have ceased, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

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“The source of the fire has been contained, there are no flames. Ammunition explosions ceased. The Moskva cruiser retains its buoyancy,” said the ministry, which said it was investigating the causes of the disaster, Ukraine having claimed for its part that it had attacked the building.

“Measures are being taken to tow the cruiser to port,” he continues.

The ministry gives no indication as to the reasons for the disaster, ensuring that it is investigating to establish the causes.

According to him, the crew of several hundred people was evacuated. No balance sheet was provided.

Finally, “the main missile armament was not damaged”, assures the ministry.

During the night, the Russian ministry had recognized significant damage to the ship. Ukrainian local authorities said for their part that the Moskva had been hit by missiles.

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