He was in “severely damaged” after being bombed on Wednesday April 13. On Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by the state agency TASS, announced that “during the towing of the cruiser Moskva (…) the ship lost its stability due to damage to its hull (…) In rough sea conditions the ship sank”. Earlier in the day, Moscow spoke of an explosion of ammunition on board, following a fire, while kyiv claimed that the cruiser was hit by Ukrainian missiles. Franceinfo summarizes what should be remembered from the day of April 14.
The loss of the Russian ship, a “hard blow” according to the Pentagon
For its part, the Pentagon described as “hard blow” the shipwreck in the Black Sea. “It will have consequences on their abilities” of combat, because the ship was a “key element of their efforts to establish naval dominance in the Black Sea”added the American spokesman, John Kirby, on the CNN channel.
As for the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, he drove the point home. In his evening ritual video message, he referenced his men, calling them “those who showed that Russian ships can only go to the bottom”.
A highly symbolic loss since it is the first time since the Falklands war between the United Kingdom and Argentina that a warship has been sunk, reports the world.
Return of the French Embassy in kyiv
The French embassy in Ukraine, which had been transferred to Lviv (west) at the beginning of March, will return to the capital, in kyiv, announced French diplomacy.
London sanctions two Russian oligarchs
The United Kingdom has sanctioned two oligarchs presented as relatives of Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich. They are Eugene Tenenbaum and David Davidovitch. These sanctions come as part of British measures in retaliation for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to the British Foreign Office.
A new exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners
Thirty Ukrainians have been freed in a new prisoner swap with Russia, kyiv has announced. It’s about “fourth prisoner exchange”Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram, without specifying the number of Russians exchanged for these Ukrainians.
Russian governor accuses Ukraine of bombing village
The governor of a Russian region bordering Ukraine accused kyiv forces of bombing two Russian villages on Thursday, including one with helicopters, reporting injuries. A version denied by Ukraine, which accused Moscow of planning “terrorist attacks” in the border region to supply “anti-Ukrainian hysteria”.