Premiere Russian Warship Significantly Damaged by Ukraine


The world truly seemed to believe that Ukraine would be pushed around by Russia during their invasion, didn’t we?  Heck even Vlad Putin himself believed that he would have conquered Kyiv in a matter of day, not weeks.

But here we are, nearly 50 days in, and Ukraine appears to be calling the shots.

The Russian navy’s Black Sea flagship has been “seriously damaged” by an ammunition explosion, Russian state media said Thursday.

“As a result of a fire, ammunition detonated on the Moskva missile cruiser. The ship was seriously damaged,” the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying, adding that the cause of the fire was being determined and that the crew had been evacuated.

But, in reality:

Earlier, the governor of Odessa said that Ukrainian forces had hit the Moskva with missile strikes.

“Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage to the Russian ship. Glory to Ukraine!” governor Maksym Marchenko wrote on Telegram.

Ukrainian presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych said that “a surprise happened” with the Moskva.

“It burns strongly. Right now. And with this stormy sea, it is unknown whether they will be able to receive help,” he said in a YouTube broadcast.

“We don’t understand what happened.”

The news comes just days after Russian troops were forced to reconvene on the eastern side of Ukraine, possibly in an attempt to annex parts of the Donbas region as consolation prize.