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US believes Ukraine’s steps led to sinking of Russia’s Moskva warship, formal states

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A U.S. formal instructed Online News 72h on Friday that the most up-to-date assessment by the U.S. is that Russia’s Moskva warship was struck by two Ukrainian missiles before it sank.

The U.S. thinks the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea navy was roughly 60 nautical miles south of Odesa at the time of the explosion.

Moscow has claimed the ship sank after a fire on board caused an explosion.

Russia's guided missile cruiser Moskva sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 18, 2021.

Russia’s guided missile cruiser Moskva sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 18, 2021.
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“All through the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship missing its balance thanks to hull harm received through a fire from the detonation of ammunition. In the problems of stormy seas, the ship sank,” Russia’s Ministry of Protection informed state media.

U.S. officials also mentioned Friday it is unclear how a lot of Russian sailors may have been killed in the attack thanks to deficiency of satellite imagery.  

The Russian missile cruiser Moskva at anchor in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in 2008.

The Russian missile cruiser Moskva at anchor in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in 2008.
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The officers mentioned it is considered that two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles ended up utilised in the procedure.

U.S. officials are unable to confirm the place the ship finally sank in the Black Sea, but it was headed east toward the Crimean port town of Sevastopol. 

Online News 72h’ Mark Meredith and Liz Friden contributed to this report.

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