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‘Survivors’ of destroyed Russian flagship Moskva appear in images released after it sank

Russia has released footage of the crew of its sunken flagship Moskva – which appears to include the captain believed to have been killed when it went down.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the warship sank on Thursday, but said it was due to a fire caused by exploding munitions. Ukraine says it sank the ship after hitting it with two missiles, but this has not been confirmed.

No casualties from the sunken vessel, which had a crew of 500, were disclosed by Russia, but Ukraine claimed Captain First Rank Anton Kupri was killed in the blast.

Three days after the incident, Russia released a video showing Admiral Nicolai Yevmenov addressing about 100 uniformed officers and sailors standing at attention.

It’s unclear when the silent footage was filmed, but one of the officers looks like Captain Kupri.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Moskva sank in rough seas on Thursday after a fire caused by exploding munitions

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In an interview shown at the end of the video, Admiral Yevmenov said the officers and crew are currently residing at their base in Sevastopol and will continue their service in the Navy.

Moskva was the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet and reports of her sinking have been described as a blow to Russian morale.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the crew was completely evacuated after the incident.

The Moskva, commissioned in 1982, was armed with 16 “Vulkan” anti-ship cruise missiles with a range of at least 700 km.

Russia’s Black Sea flagship Moskva sank on Thursday, although no casualties were reported by Moscow

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She was originally named “Glory” and is one of three Slava-class missile cruisers. Its home port is Sevastopol on the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula.

In April 2021, the Interfax news agency quoted a retired Russian admiral as saying the 12,500-ton ship, which usually has a crew of around 500, was “the most serious ship in the Black Sea”. .

The warship is said to carry 64 S-300F Rif air defense missiles, making it an important element of Russian air defense over southern Ukraine.

Last month, Ukraine said it had destroyed a large Russian landing support ship, the Orsk, on the smaller Sea of ​​Azov northeast of the Black Sea.

But Russia still has a large fleet of cruisers, frigates, missile corvettes and amphibious landing ships operating off southern Ukraine.

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