As a result of a fire on April 13, the Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva was seriously damaged due to a detonation of ammunition, Russia’s Ministry of Defense claimed on Friday. One serviceman died and another 27 crew members went missing, it said.
Attempts by the crew to put out the fire were not successful.
“In the course of the struggle for the ship’s damage, one serviceman was killed, another 27 crew members were missing. The remaining 396 crew members were evacuated from the cruiser to the ships of the Black Sea Fleet in the area and taken to Sevastopol,” the ministry said.
The vast majority of officers, midshipmen and sailors of the contract service of the cruiser Moskva have expressed a desire to continue serving on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, the ministry added.