The Russian warship ‘Moskva’ has exploded off the Ukraine coast with Ukraine claiming that they fired two R-360 “Neptune” class anti-ship missiles at the warship whilst Russian have said in a statement to RIA news agency “Ammunition detonated as a result of a fire on the Moskva missile cruiser. The ship was seriously damaged,”
The Moskva is the biggest ship in the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet, armed with 16 anti-ship missiles, as well as a large number of air defense missiles, torpedoes, and guns. It has been engaged in operations off the coast of Ukraine since February.
The Kremlin has reported that all 500 crew onboard the ship were “completely evacuated.” The loss of the Moskva will be a devastating loss for the Russian military, its anti-aircraft missile system is believed to have been instrumental in supporting their operations off the coast of Odesa. Russia do not have a similar sized warship to replace it.