Russian MoD showing ‘survivors’ of Moskva sinking questioned over ‘lacking’ sailors | World | News

The Russian defence ministry has launched footage purporting to point out the surviving crew members of the Moskva warship which sunk earlier this week. The loss of the flagship Black Sea cruiser was probably the most devastating army loss to this point for Vladimir Putin. However, the Kremlin has denied claims that Ukraine sank the warship and imposed a digital information blackout on the sinking.

While Russia admits the nation’s strongest battleship sank, they’ve blamed it on an explosion of ammunition on board quite than a Ukraine missile strike. 

The US has backed up claims that Ukraine sunk the battleship after placing the flagship cruiser with two Neptune missiles.

The newest video reveals the pinnacle of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, meeting with and inspecting the crew members of the sunken warship.

The quick soundless 26-second video is the primary time any sailors from the ship have been seen since its sinking.

However, the video additionally raised questions amongst viewers who seen that solely roughly 100 sailors may be seen within the video.

This is only a fifth of the overall 510 crew members on board on the time.

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On Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry doubled down on its declare that every one crew members survived the sinking, saying that they’d “all continue to serve in the Navy”.

Following the video’s launch, Ukrainian spokesman Anton Gerashchenko requested the place the lacking males have been however Russia has to date refused to remark. 

@Liveuamap, which is monitoring the battle in Ukraine, tweeted: “Video shows about 50 sailors in the first row, and some sailors in the 2nd row (max: 50).”

People additionally identified that Captain Anton Kuprin, commander of the Moskva, seems within the video.

Ukrainians had beforehand claimed that Captain Kuprin died in an explosion on board the ship.

This comes after not less than one loss of life on board seems to be confirmed inside Russia from social media. 

A widow of one of the sailors, Ivan Vakhrushev, confirmed that he “died fulfilling his duty” on the ship in a submit on the Russian networking web site Odnoklassniki.

Varvara Vakhrusheva later instructed the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that she had been knowledgeable by army command.

Ms Vakhrusheva added that not less than 27 different crew members of the ship have been nonetheless unaccounted for.

There was additionally an unofficial memorial service on Friday in Sevastopol, its homeport, for many who died within the assault. 

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