Russia said one soldier was killed and 27 others missing on the missile cruiser Moscow which sank in the Black Sea last week.
The battleship was claimed Ukraine sunk due to the missile attack of his troops. However, Russia admits that the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet sank due to fire.
“As a result of the fire on April 13, the missile cruiser Moskva was seriously damaged by an ammunition explosion,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“One soldier died, another 27 crew members were missing. Meanwhile, 396 other troops survived,” the ministry added.
Russia’s defense ministry made the announcement after authorities said for the first time all crew members of the Moskva had been evacuated since it sank.
“The Russian defense ministry provides all necessary support and assistance to the families and friends of the fallen and missing,” the statement was quoted as saying. AFP.
Russia’s defense ministry said the “absolute majority” of servicemen serving on the Moskva were contract personnel. The personnel, Moscow said, still want to continue their service aboard the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
This is the first for Russia to reveal the loss of life of its troops since the ship sank.
In recent days, a number of Russian parents have been calling for the truth about the condition of their children allegedly sent to the battlefields in Ukraine, especially those serving on the Moskva.
The Kremlin had previously refused to disclose details about casualties on the warship, which is capable of carrying up to 680 sailors.
Several families said on social media or in statements to independent Russian and foreign press that they could not find their children who served in Moscow.
One of the parents, Dmitry Shkrebets, said on social media that while he was trying to learn more about the fate of his missing son, the cruiser commander and his deputy could not be reached.
Asked to comment on the report, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin did not have the authority to disclose any details about this incident.
Meduza, an independent Russian-language news website, citing a source close to the command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, said 37 Moskva crew members had died.
About 100 people were injured while the exact number missing was unknown, the publication said.
About 500 people were on board when the Moskva was hit by the missile, Meduza said, citing the source.