The Kremlin won’t like that at all: after Putin had to accept the loss of his flagship “Moskva” in April, the Russian Black Sea fleet is said to have been decimated again. According to reports, the 120-meter-long “Admiral Makarov” was hit by rockets in the waters off Odessa on Friday and badly damaged. US drones are said to have observed the use of numerous rescue ships and rescue aircraft. The “Makarov” is said to have been on fire, how devastating the fire was is still the subject of speculation. Reports appeared on Saturday morning saying that the “Makarov” had also sunk, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The Kremlin has already responded to the reports about its cruiser – but denies the loss of the warship. Even the sinking of the “Moskva” was attempted to be disguised as an “accident”. It was said that there was an “inexplicable” explosion on board – in fact, however, two “Neptune” rockets from the Ukrainians were responsible for the fate of the missile cruiser. This is confirmed.
Nevertheless, the denials from Russia continue to counter this: The “Moskva” was never in Ukrainian waters and never involved in a military operation, according to an official letter published by the father of a sailor of the “Moskva” on Friday. He also emphasized that his son was considered “missing” and had not fallen.