The Moskva, the satisfaction of Russia’s navy and its flagship within the Black Sea, remains to be afloat and armed regardless of a fireplace on board, in line with Russia’s Ministry of Protection.

The Russian Ministry of Protection had earlier on Thursday admitted that the missile cruiser had been broken by a fireplace that had damaged out on the vessel and triggered an explosion. Ukrainian authorities have stated the fireplace on the Moskva was attributable to a Ukrainian missile strike.

Former U.S. Navy officer Malcolm Nance tweeted that, in his knowledgeable view, the Moskva was “finished.”

However Russian authorities have denied such claims.

In a quote reported by Russian state media RIA Novosti on Telegram, the Russian Ministry of Protection stated that “the source of fire on the cruiser “Moskva” is localized. There is no open fire. Explosions of ammunition have been stopped.”

Moskva Russian ship Odesa
The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is seen anchored within the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, on Sept. 11, 2008. The Russian Protection Ministry confirmed the ship was broken Wednesday, April 13, 2022, however not that it was hit by Ukraine. The Ministry says ammunition on board detonated because of a fireplace whose causes “were being established,” and the Moskva’s complete crew was evacuated.
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Based on the Russian Ministry of Protection, the Moskva “maintains buoyancy” and “the main missile armament was not damaged.”

Russian authorities confirmed that the crew on the vessel had been evacuated to different ships within the space. RIA Novosti quoted the Russian Ministry of Protection as saying that preparations have been being made to tow the cruiser to port whereas the reason for the fireplace on the Moskva remained below investigation.

Neither the Ukrainian nor the newest Russian statements have been independently verified.

Newsweek has contacted Ukraine’s Ministry of Protection and Russia’s Ministry of International Affairs for remark.