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04.14.22 Russia-Ukraine War Update: Russian Flagship Missile Cruiser Burning in the Black Sea

04.14.22 01:00 UTC –

The news is breaking tonight that indeed the flagship and pride of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the guided missile cruiser Moskva suffered a catastrophic explosion tonight. From RIA-Novosti in Russia(translated):

Ammunition detonated on the Moskva missile cruiser as a result of a fire

There are of course claims by the Ukrainians that the ship was hit by a Neptune anti-ship missile, but at this point in time, all claims are suspect until visual confirmation of where the ship was at the time of the explosion, etc.

More from the Russian news service:

 The ammunition detonated as a result of a fire on the Moskva missile cruiser, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“As a result of a fire, ammunition detonated on the missile cruiser Moskva. The ship was seriously damaged,” the statement said.

“As a result of a fire, ammunition detonated on the missile cruiser Moskva. The ship was seriously damaged,” the statement said.The crew was completely evacuated. The reasons for the incident are being established.

Regardless of how this happened, either via an accident or lucky shot by Ukraine, this is a major humiliation for the Russian Navy and Kremlin. My personal speculation is that it probably hit a mine as the Russians have been extremely sloppy with their patrol protocols on air, land, and sea thus that possibility has to be considered also.

One more update before I crash for the night:

The bigger if is what happens if this was indeed a Ukrainian missile strike? Putin will probably have to retaliate with massive force and odds are it would be a strategic bombing strike on Lviv and the staging areas for NATO equipment crossing the border. As Clint Ehrlich said tonight on Twitter:

More to come on that story in the morning as it will be daylight soon.

04.14.22 09:00 UTC-

No further updates on the Moskva other than unconfirmed reports that she rolled over and sunk overnight. Hopefully some better information is forthcoming.

As usual other updates will be provided via my Telegram feed.

From the UK Daily Mail:

Mariupol on the brink of falling into Russian hands as Moscow’s ministry of defence claims it has taken control of the city’s port and 1,000 Ukrainian marines ‘surrender’

Even if Mariupol were to fall tomorrow, the humiliation of the Moskva possibly sinking would overshadow the Russian victory.

NATO is making sure to keep the pressure up on Russia:

Meanwhile, the pressure around Kharkov continues from the Russian side:

More from the Kharkov area:

Meanwhile, south of Izyum, the fighting continues to intensify as the battle to close the salient seems imminent:

Next update will be after 08:00 UTC…

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