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Ukraine claims missile strike on Russian Black Sea fleet flagship Moskva

14th April 2022 - 14:23 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Russian Slava-class cruiser Moskva. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Defence)

Russia and Ukraine are claiming different narratives following the confirmation of damage to the Russian cruiser Moskva.

On 13 April, Russian sailors were forced to abandon the flagship of the Russian Navy's Black Sea fleet, the cruiser Moskva, which suffered significant damage after a claimed Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missile strike.

Both sides of the conflict have claimed different reasons for the damage to the ship, with Russian state media stating a fire broke out on board, which detonated ammunition.

The Russian Defence Ministry did not state the cause of the fire but did admit that the cruiser was 'seriously damaged'.

Russian state media added that the ship's crew had been fully evacuated.

For its part, a

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