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In Explosion, Russian Warship 'Damaged Seriously'

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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 defense ministry was cited as saying, adding that the reason for the fire was being determined and that the crew had been evacuated.

Prior, the governor of Odesa 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.

Ukrainian official counselor Oleksiy Arestovych said that "amazement occurred" with the Moskva.

"It burns strongly. At this time. And with this stormy sea, it is unknown whether they will be able to receive help," he said in a YouTube broadcast.

The Moskva was originally built in the Soviet era in Ukraine's Mykolaiv, and entered service in the early 1980s, as per Russian media.

With a crew of 510, it was previously deployed in the Syria conflict where it served as naval protection for the Russian forces' Hmeimim airbase.

The missile cruiser carries 16 P-1000 Vulkan anti-ship missiles as well as an array of anti-submarine and mine-torpedo weapons, the reports said.

 
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