USA Updates Photos reportedly show Russian battleship Moscow burning shortly before sinking
New photos appear moments before the Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva caught fire before it sank during a Ukrainian missile strike.
The guided-missile cruiser – the largest craft ever flown against Ukraine – is seen in photos and video that surfaced on Monday, leaning precariously to its left as thick smoke billows across the sky.
A senior US defense official confirmed on Friday that at least one Ukrainian missile struck Moscow – contrary to the Kremlin’s insistence that the 600-foot-long ship, carrying about 500 sailors, was damaged in ammunition fire .
Moscow has claimed that the ship sank in bad weather while being pulled after ammunition fire.
Photos of a burning battleship, taken from a nearby ship, were shared for the first time on a Telegram messaging app believed to be linked to Russian security agencies, The Telegraph reported,
Its lifeboats seem to have been deployed.
Meanwhile, Russia on Saturday released video showing what it said were members of the wrecked ship.
About 120 sailors and officers in uniform can be seen in the voiceless footage standing at attention. 26 second clip Posted on the Facebook page of the Russian Ministry of Defense,
On Monday, the mother of a Moscow crew, who worked as a cook, said she was missing.
As the Telegraph reports, Irina Shkrebets told Russian news outlet The Insider that she and her husband went to a hospital in Crimea in search of their son Yegor Shkrebets and saw about 200 sailors with severe burns.
“I saw every child who was burnt. I can’t describe how hard it was, but I couldn’t find my baby,” the grieving mother reportedly told the outlet. “There were 200 people (in the hospital) while there were over 500 people on the cruiser. where are the others?”
Another woman told Novaya Gazeta that her son had been hospitalized after drowning and that dozens were killed.
“My son was crying when he called me to say what he saw. It was scary. Obviously not everyone made it out alive,” the woman told the outlet on condition of anonymity, according to the Telegraph.
“He said he never thought he would end up in a mince-grinder like this in peacetime,” she said.
Meanwhile, a Kremlin campaigner reprimands the Russian Navy for missing the haunted vessel.
Vladimir Solovyov, a popular TV show host, said he was “angry” at the loss of Moskva.
“When we say that, yes, it was old, yes, it was renovated, yes, there were really weak spots, old traumas in the chain of ships, I get that,” Solovyov, 58, The Times of London reported.
“Just explain to me: how did you manage to lose it? Explain to me: how did you end up in that part of the Black Sea? That time?” They said.
“I don’t care what happened, were it two Neptune missiles, as Ukrainians say,” Solovyov said. “Since when is a warship afraid of a missile attack when it has the equipment to defend itself from such attacks?”
He said: “What’s with your fire protection system? Why didn’t it work and the ship practically burned from the inside out?”
Moscow captain Anton Kuprin died of drowning, according to Ukrainian reports, but Russian media outlets said he was seen in photographs published by the Defense Ministry on Saturday.
According to The Times of London, Ukrainian media outlets also claim that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet commander Igor Osipov was detained after the sinking, but this has not been confirmed by the Kremlin.