Ukraine’s war: Russia admits Black Fleet flagship is on fire as Ukraine claims missile strike | World news

Russia has admitted that its flagship of the Black Sea Fleet – the Moscow – went up in flames on Thursday, with Ukraine claiming that it hit it with rockets.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Moscow missile was severely damaged after ammunition on board was blown up by the fire.

In comments reported by Tass news agency, the ministry said: “As a result of a fire on the Moscow missile cruiser, ammunition detonated.”

The crew, believed to number 500, were all rescued, they added.

The statement did not say what caused the initial fire, saying it was under investigation.

Ukrainian officials said the 12,500-ton ship had been hit by two anti-ship missiles.

There was no evidence provided for this, but Odesa Governor Maksim Marchenko said on Telegram: “It has been confirmed that the Moscow missile cruiser went today exactly where it was sent by our border guards on Snake Island!

“Neptune rockets guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage to the Russian ship.

“Glory to Ukraine!”

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His remarks about Snake Island refer to an incident earlier in the war – the day after Russia’s invasion began – when Moscow was one of two Russian ships approaching the stretch of land in the Black Sea.

The Russians ordered 13 Ukrainian soldiers defending the island to surrender, but the Ukrainians responded by radio, tell Moscow and its crew to “fuck you”.

At first it was thought that the Ukrainian soldiers had been killed, but the country’s navy later said they had been captured alive by Russia.

Key developments:

• US officials consider sending Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to the Ukrainian capital Kiev in a show of solidarity
• Russia says it will impose retaliatory sanctions on 398 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 87 Canadian senators, after the US targeted 328 members of Russia’s military
• The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia visited Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda saying: “The fight for the future of Europe is happening here”
Finland and Sweden seem to be getting closer to NATO membership, with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin saying the country “must be ready for all kinds of Russian action”
• Mr Zelenskyy said International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan visited Bucha, where more than 400 bodies were found, on Wednesday. Russia has denied that its troops have committed any atrocities
• UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there was currently no chance of a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

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Mariupol on the verge of capture

It came when Ukraine warned that Russia was stepping up its efforts in the south and east as well came closer to taking control of Mariupolwhich would be the first major Ukrainian city to fall.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that 1,026 soldiers of the 36th Marine Brigade of Ukraine, including 162 officers, had surrendered in the southern city and that the port had come under Russian control.

Ukrainian soldiers trying to defend the strategically important city have been fighting for weeks while lacking food, water and ammunition.

Ukraine’s general staff confirmed that Russian troops were attacking the port area, but said there was no information on a surrender.

Ukraine’s war: Russia admits Black Fleet flagship is on fire as Ukraine claims missile strike | World news

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