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Down, but not out (Comment)

10th May 2022 - 13:35 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Screenshot from a Ukrainian Navy video apparently showing a Bayraktar TB2-launched missile strike on a Russian Raptor-class patrol boat near Snake Island in the Black Sea. (Image: Ukrainian Navy)

The sinking in April of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea flagship, although not evidence of a major change in the naval domain, is a far cry from the pre-emptive scuttling of Ukraine’s own flagship. The donation of increasingly advanced materiel demonstrates increased faith in Ukraine’s ability to resist the Russian invaders.

Much has changed in the theatre of the Russo-Ukrainian war in recent weeks – not least the sinking of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea flagship, the cruiser Moskva, by a pair of Ukrainian Neptune missiles.

The sinking of the Moskva is, at the very least, a significant propaganda coup for the embattled authorities in Kyiv as they seek to ward off threats to their blockaded Black Sea cities, towns and shores.

Speaking in the UK parliament on 25 April, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘Last week, Russia admitted that the Slava-class cruiser Moskva had sunk. That is

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Harry Lye is Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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