Ukraine Claims Cruiser Moskva Captain was Killed

Ukraine Claims Cruiser Moskva Captain was Killed

According to Ukrainian sources, the captain or commander of the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Anton Kuprin (44), is said to be one of the many crew members who died in the sinking of the cruiser Moskva.

 

According to Ukrainian reports, the ship was hit by cruise missiles and sunk in the Black Sea on Wednesday.

Russia has reported a major fire at an ammunition depot and explosions on the ship. According to the Russians, the crew was quickly disembarked, and the badly damaged ship was to be towed to a harbour. Instead, however, the vessel sank on Thursday en route to Sevastopol.

According to Ukrainian media, only 58 crew members appear to have been rescued, while there usually are 510 on board. It is not clear how many people were actually on board, but the ship was actually a command centre of the Black Sea Fleet and played a major role in the attack on Ukraine. According to unconfirmed reports, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, is said to have been arrested in Russia following the sinking of his flagship.

The more 186 meters long naval vessel was launched in 1979 from a shipyard in Mykolayiv in the then Soviet Republic of Ukraine. It was involved, among other things, in the 1989 US-Soviet-Russian summit in Malta with then-leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. Many meetings were held on naval vessels, and delegations stayed overnight on board. Due to bad weather, the summit was also called the seasick summit.

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