Moscow, Russia / TEH: The Russian presidency, “Kremlin”, confirmed, Thursday, that “the country’s Defense Ministry briefed President Vladimir Putin on the details of the fire that broke out on board the missile cruiser “Moskva”, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
“Putin, as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, constantly receives reports from the military on all developments,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a press conference.
In response to a question about whether the Ministry of Defense briefed Putin on the details of the accident of the cruiser “Moskva”, the spokesman said: “Yes, of course.”
Earlier today, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that a fire broke out on Wednesday on board the cruiser “Moskva”, without causing any damage to its missile capabilities.
The ministry said, in a statement, that “the source of the ignition is internal, and there is no fire on the surface, while the crew of the cruiser was evacuated to the ships of the Black Sea Fleet in the region.”
And on Wednesday, Maksym Marchenko, head of the regional military administration in the Ukrainian city of “Odessa”, said in a press statement that “the Ukrainian army hit the warship Moskva with two Neptune anti-ship missiles, which caused serious damage.” And a Turkish ship evacuates people from the Russian warship Moskva, reported by The Eastern Herald online magazine .
“Moskva” is the flagship of the “Project 1164 Atlant” class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy, and entered service in 1983 under the name “Glory”, and then in 1996 under its current name.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine , which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.