The descriptions of the mother of a sailor about the last events on the “Moskva” are disturbing. They stand in clear contrast to the Kremlin’s narrative.
First, Moscow reluctantly had to admit that the “Moskva” had sunk. There was talk of a storm and an explosion. The Ukrainian “Neptun 360” missiles that destroyed the ship remain unmentioned to this day.
Russian media later showed footage of a meeting between the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy and suspected members of the Moscow crew. Only: at least 300 men were missing from the recordings. The eXXpress reported.
Radio Liberty is now attempting to shed light on the matter and has begun identifying the dead. The reporters also talk to relatives of the crew members. A particularly dramatic conversation with a mother contradicts Putin’s version of what happened.
According to the woman, her son called her on the evening of April 14. Everything he said contradicted the official statements made by the Russian authorities. In particular, he confirmed that it was Ukrainian Neptun missiles that aimed and destroyed the ship. He also reported 40 deaths on the cruiser. “Mom, do you understand what happened? Three missiles were fired at us!” Some of the men are said to have been evacuated to the frigate “Makarov” afterwards.
The fact that a fire broke out is not true, the son emphasized emphatically. “No, mom, that’s not true. It wasn’t a fire,” he reportedly said. “He told me and cried at the horrors he was going through,” the mother told the radio station. He is said to have explained that the “Moskva” is not a wooden boat that would simply catch fire.
“Nobody explains anything,” laments the mother. They just don’t understand why the radars of the famous equipped cruiser didn’t detect those Neptune missiles.
Everyone who was on deck or in the cockpit, who steered the cruiser, who stood watch died because the blow happened right on deck. According to the mother of the Russian sailor, there were a total of about 510 people on board. Her son told her he knew of 40 dead. “There are wounded with severed limbs,” said the woman.
Apparently, the mother does not even know how her son got on the ship in the first place: “He is a conscript. And how he ended up on a cruiser mission is a big question. The cruiser took part in hostilities, Snake Island, Odessa region. And my son participated there as a conscript.” She wonders what that means and whether laws have not been observed here. At the beginning of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that neither conscripts nor reservists would be involved in the war in Ukraine.
Many sailors who were on board the “Moskva” are still missing.