Video, Photos Appear to Show Russian Missile Cruiser Moskva Was Struck by Anti-Ship Missiles

VIDEO: 60 Minutes and CNN Went Aboard the Moskva Warship in December 2015

New photos and a video of the damaged Russian cruiser Moskva appear to show that it was probably struck by anti-ship missiles and then abandoned before the ship sank in the Black Sea. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Moskva was a guided missile cruiser of the Russian Navy until is was destroyed by Ukrainian military forces on April 13, 2022. The ship was the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class, named after the city of Moscow. The flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and with a crew of 510, Moskva was considered the most powerful warship in the Black Sea region.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych and Odesa governor Maksym Marchenko claimed their forces hit Moskva in the late hours of April 13, 2022, using two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles. The report indicated the Moskva she on fire around 7 p.m. local time (GMT+3).

The Ukrainian Southern Command reported on April 14, 2022 that Moskva had capsized and was beginning to sink. Ukrainian officials and the US Department of Defense confirmed that Ukraine attacked the cruiser with two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles. However, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed a fire caused a munitions explosion.

The Russian Navy attempted to tow the damaged ship toward Sevastopol on April 14, 2022, but the guided missile cruiser sank in the Black Sea, 100 kilometers (62 mi) from the coast of Odessa, Ukraine.

The first video of Russia’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser, the Moskva, before it sank after being hit by Neptune anti-ship cruise-missiles. CNN was aboard the ship in 2015 and broadcast the tour on January 10, 2016. YouTube Tips ⓘ

One of the Russian Navy’s most important warships has sunk in the Black Sea. CNN’s Matthew Chance visited the Moskva in 2015, and this is what it looked like on board. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Moskva has sunk; Ukraine claims a missile strike sunk the ship, but Russia says a fire destroyed the ship. YouTube Tips ⓘ