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Sinking of the Moskva: the Kremlin refuses to mention losses | War in Ukraine


All information is provided by the Ministry of Defence. We do not have the prerogative to communicatesaid presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Neither the Navy nor the Ministry of Defense has drawn up a report on the sinking of the boat on board which were hundreds of crew members.

In recent days, several testimonies published by Russian-speaking media and on social networks have mentioned the disappearance of sailors. Among those missing, some were doing their military service.

A man living in Crimea, Dmitry Chkrebets, posing as the father of a missing person, published a message on the social network Vkontakte on Sunday evening asking why his son, a conscript, was in a combat zone.

A woman, Yulia Tsyvova, also told several media that her son was missing.

Officially, Russia claims that the crew of the Moskva was evacuated from the cruiser. She did not report any dead, injured or missing.

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According to Moscow, this flagship, which played a key role in the coordination of Russian ships in the Black Sea, sank following a fire caused by the explosion of ammunition. Ukraine claims to have sunk it with missiles.

On Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video showing a meeting between the head of the navy and dozens of survivors of the cruiser, whose crew could officially count up to 680 men.

Sailors standing side by side.

Dozens of sailors believed to have been rescued from the sinking took part in a ceremony in Sevastopol.

Photo: via Reuters / Russian Ministry of Defense

The sinking of the Moskva is considered a humiliation for Russia and its fleet. Even pro-Kremlin commentators have demanded an explanation from the authorities, without success so far.

Russia claimed at the end of March to have lost 1,351 soldiers since fighting in Ukraine, an unverifiable report from an independent source and which has not been updated since.

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Also in March, the Kremlin indicated that conscripts had mistakenly taken part in the offensive in Ukraine, before being withdrawn from operations.

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