A US administration official added that the attack wounded Russian sailors, but the numbers were unknown.

Information that “Moscow” sank as a result of a Ukrainian attack was reported by The Washington Post on Friday, although the newspaper did not mention the specific system that was used to destroy the largest Russian ship in Iraq. black sea

The Russian Defense Ministry said, on Thursday evening, that the cruiser “Moscow” sank while towing in a storm. Earlier, the Ukrainian military stated that the ship was hit by two maneuverable missiles from Neptune. Moscow did not confirm these reports, claiming only that the unit was “on fire”.

Russian opposition activist Ilya Ponomariov said on Thursday and Friday night that information about the rescue of 58 sailors from the ship was confirmed. “The crew of the ship consists of 510 people,” the politician said on Facebook.

“Moscow” was the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet and one of the most important warships in Russia. “Losing a ballistic-missile-capable submarine or the Kuznetsov (Russia’s only aircraft carrier) would be an even greater blow to Russian morale and the navy’s reputation in Russian society,” CNN quoted retired US Navy Captain Carl Schuster as saying. .

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