The sinking of Moscow, one of Russia’s most powerful warships, is a shock to the country – whether the ship sank after an accidental fire as maintained by Russia’s Defense Ministry, or after being hit by missiles, as Ukraine claims.
At over 600 feet long and weighing 12,500 tons, Moscow is, according to Russian news agencies, one of the largest ships of the Russian Navy and the first of its navy in the Black Sea.
The watershed is shared by many countries, including Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey. Has been of strategic importance to Russia for centuries.
Since the Russian occupation of Ukraine in February, Russian state media have reported that Moscow has been armed with 16 Vulcan missiles with a range of more than 400 miles – and the rest of the Black Sea Fleet has repeatedly fired missiles into Ukraine. Ships cut off access to Ukraine’s seas and the economic lifeline it provided.
Although military analysts say the loss of Moskva is unlikely to change the course of the war, it was embarrassing for the Russian military, which has spent billions of dollars to modernize its weapons.
The ship had the potential to do “significant damage” in the Black Sea, said Gary Rookhead, a retired admiral and former commander of the U.S. Navy. He added that with the disappearance of Moscow, Russia had lost a key communications and control base.
The loss of Moscow is estimated by the Ukrainian Forbes magazine It cost Russia $ 750 million And Russia’s most costly military casualties in the war to date.
The ship was also a symbol of national pride. When it was first put into service by the Soviet Navy in the early 1980s its name was “Glory”. According to Russian state media, it was named after the Russian capital in 1996.
“Read the aircraft carrier USS George Washington sink to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean,” said James Stavridis, a retired U.S. Navy Admiral and former NATO Supreme Alliance commander.
Admiral Rookhead said, “Losing such a thing is a significant victory for their honor.” This calls into question the readiness of the Navy.
Moskva same ship, Ukrainian authorities said, it was popular and Said obscenely By Ukrainian border guards on Snake Island in February.
The Russian Defense Ministry says all staff in Moscow – usually about 500 – have been fired. This ship will now be joined by an unknown number of other ships. Is more than a few thousand years oldOn the Black Sea floor.
James Shine Contributed report.