Conflicting statements have occurred from the Russians and Ukrainians about an occurrence pertaining to a Russian warship in the Black Sea.
No proof has appeared to endorse either allegation and Nexus News cannot independently ascertain what happened.
What Russians are saying: The Russian Defense Ministry contended Wednesday that the warship Moskva was withdrawn after a fire onboard exploded ammunition, awfully damaging the vessel, Russian state media reports.
What Ukrainians are saying: Hours earlier, Odesa state regional administrator Maxim Marchenko alleged in a post on Telegram that Ukrainian troops hit the ship with “Neptune” missiles resulting in severe harm to it.
Bad weather: As a result of large storms over the Black Sea blurring satellite imagery and sensory satellite data, Nexus News has not been able to corroborate the ship has been hit. The Russian Defense Ministry has also not posted any official announcement to its Telegram channel admitting the evacuation, or fire onboard.
Russian state media outlets TASS and RIA reported the ship’s crew was withdrawn and that the cause of the fire was still being ascertained.
The Moskva is a missile cruiser that was built and commissioned in 1982, according to the Defense Ministry.
Satellite images from Maxar Technologies revealed the ship just northwest of Sevastopol, Crimea on April 10.