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Russia’s Black Sea Flagship Abandoned, Damaged After Ukraine Claims Missile Strike Sank It

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KYIV, Ukraine—The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the missile cruiser Moskva, was critically broken and deserted by its crew after its ammunition blew up, Russia’s Protection Ministry mentioned. Ukrainian officers and an individual near Russia’s Protection Ministry mentioned Ukraine hit the warship with cruise missiles and sank it.

The Moskva’s whole crew, which normally numbers some 500 sailors, was rescued after a fireplace that led to the explosion, the Russian Protection Ministry mentioned in an announcement carried by state information businesses. It didn’t say what precipitated the fireplace.