Russian Black Sea warship struck in fresh blow to Moscow, Ukrainian officials claim

by 24britishtvMay 6, 2022, 9 p.m. 12
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US intelligence aided Ukrainian forces in the sinking of Russia’s Moskva flagship in April, a senior US defence official has said, as new reports emerged of a second strike on a key Russian ship.

The US shared the location of the Moskva in the Black Sea with Ukrainians but had no role in the decision to strike the ship, a senior official told US media.

The Pentagaon has recently confirmed it is sharing real-time intelligence with Ukraine as a means of assisting the country in the war against Russia.

“Ukraine combines information that we and other partners provide with the intelligence that they themselves are gathering on the battlefield, and then they make their own decisions and take their own actions,” spokesman John Kirby said, while also clarifying the US role in the Moskva case.

“We did not provide Ukraine with specific targeting information for the Moskva. We were not involved in the Ukrainians’ decision to strike the ship or in the operation they carried out.”

“We had no prior knowledge of Ukraine’s intent to target the ship. The Ukrainians have their own intelligence capabilities to track and target Russian naval vessels, as they did in this case.”

It comes amid reports of a strike on a second Russian warship operating south of Ukraine’s port city of Odesa.

Ukrainian MP for Odesa, Oleksiy Goncharenko, claimed on social media that the Admiral Makarov had been hit by a Ukrainian ‘Neptune’ anti-ship missile while reportedly sailing close to Snake Island.

“According to preliminary information, the frigate was unable to dodge the Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missile,” he said. “The ship is badly damaged, but remains afloat. For now. We wait.”

Ukrainian presidential adviser Anton Gerashchenko also reportedly said the frigate was struck by a Neptune missile, adding that Russian navy ships stationed in Crimea were sent to help.

Ukrainian news website Dumskaya reported there was a fire on board the Russian frigate and Russian helicopters circled overhead, with rescue ships emerging from Crimea to help. Unverified footage circulated on social media that appeared to show smoke coming out of a vessel.

The Ukrainian army has not yet commented on the incident and the information could not be independently verified by .

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, said Moscow had “no information” on the targeting of the ship, which has been branded by Forbes as the “juiciest” target for Ukraine in the Black Sea.

According to Forbes, Makarov is the most modern vessel in her class and is armed with 24 Buk medium-range surface-to-air missiles and eight Kalibr cruise missiles. It can escort other vessels while also attack targets on land. It is one of three of Russia’s major surface combatants.

The Russian warship Moskva sank after being hit on 14 April. The 510-crew Soviet-era missile cruiser had been leading Russia’s naval operation against Ukraine and its sinking was a major military and symbolic blow to Moscow.

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