Russia’s main ship in the Black Sea has reportedly exploded after allegedly being hit by a Ukrainian missile.
Ukrainian officials boasted about destroying the Moskva missile cruiser after it was reportedly hit on Wednesday.
Odessa Governor Maksym Marchenko victoriously claimed the strike had caused “severe damage” to the flagship.
Ammunition on board is believed to have exploded and started a fire. Russian state media said the entire crew had been evacuated.
The Moscow Ministry of Defense is said to have announced that the cause of the explosion is being investigated.
Governor Marchenko triumphantly wrote on Telegram: “Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea inflicted very serious damage on the Russian ship. Glory to Ukraine!”
It comes just weeks after the Soviet-era ship opened fire 13 defiant border guards tasked with protecting Snake Island.
Ukrainians infamously told Putin’s men, “Fuck yourself,” after being asked to surrender.
According to the Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, the ship “burned badly” after the supposedly successful strike.
He said in a YouTube broadcast that “a surprise happened to the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.”
Arestovych continued: “It burns badly. Just now. And with this stormy sea, it is not known if they can get help.
“There are 510 crew members. We don’t understand what happened.”
The Moskva – a 600-foot, 12,500-ton cruiser – stalks menacingly across the Black Sea and is the flagship of the fleet.
It became infamous in the early days of the post-conflict Snake Island’s battle cry became a war cry for the Ukrainians.
Snake Island is ruled by Ukraine but is just a few kilometers off the coast of Romania.
The tiny island is of strategic importance as its fall will allow Russia to claim territorial waters that stretch 12 nautical miles out to sea.
Russia would be able to cut off important shipping lanes – isolating Ukraine from international markets and depriving its economy of trade revenues.
It comes after dramatic footage of one surfaced According to reports, a Russian ship loaded with ammunition is blown up.
The footage shows the Landing Ship named Orsk burning while black smoke billows out of the port in occupied Berdyansk.
While the Orsk sank and the ammunition on board exploded and black smoke billowed into the sky, another ship of the Kremlin Navy was damaged.
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