Photos believed to have been taken of a passing Turkish ship show Russia’s flagship Moskva before sinking after allegedly being hit by Ukrainian missiles
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The first images allegedly showing the stricken Russian cruiser Moskva shortly after it was allegedly hit by Ukrainian missiles have emerged.
The images appear to match Moscow’s flagship and appear to show several lifeboats in the Black Sea surrounding the damaged vessel.
It remains unclear how many of the crew members survived the sinking, although it is claimed the dead could number in the hundreds. Russia has not released any information about survivors.
Black smoke emanates from the warship, and she tilts to port at about 20 degrees.
All lifeboats on the rear port side were apparently deployed, suggesting that a significant number of crew escaped the warship.
If the images are genuine, they must have been taken from a nearby ship, leading to the theory that they were leaked to dispel “Kremlin lies” about the incident.
One claim is that the photos were taken from a Turkish ship that was earlier claimed to have rescued 54 men.
Moscow has only acknowledged one fire on board that caused an explosion.
The new images appear “consistent with an anti-ship missile attack,” said independent open-source analysts interviewed by authoritative The Maritime Executive.
“It appears to show two holes midships at the waterline, just below the funnels on the port side.
“Significant fire damage is visible above deck and the ship has a pronounced list to port.
“Black smoke trails from multiple hull penetrations near the main deck are consistent with an internal fire running aft of the impact site, according to analysts.”
The images show calm seas, contrary to official Russian reports claiming there was a storm or rough seas.
The ship’s normal crew was 510, but a parade of “survivors” that subsequently took place in Sevastopol was attended by only about 150, according to footage released by the Defense Ministry to Russian media.
No explanation was given for the missing sailors, nor for possible wounded sailors.
A source told Russian media VHCK-OGPU – which has ties to ruling circles in Moscow – that the cruiser sank shortly after these pictures were taken.
If true, it means that the statements by the Russian government that it sank in tow back to the port of Sevastopol are false.
“According to the source, the cruiser Moskva sank shortly after this photo was taken,” the outlet said.
One image “shows heavy fire on cruiser Moscow and a roll to the left, previously reported by the VHCK-OGPU.”
There were “no rescue tugs and no storm” to see.
“The source said that the photo of the sinking cruiser Moskva was taken from a Turkish ship.
“Previously, VHCK-OGPU reported that Turkish sailors rescued 54 crew members of the cruiser.
“These photos show that all life rafts are missing on the sinking cruiser Moscow.
“The crew was rescued on them.
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“According to Turkey (this was reported by the VCHK-OGPU), at 1:05 an SOS signal was received from the cruiser, on which the nearest ships were moving to the crash site, including the Turkish ship that rescued 54 sailors.”
Twitter account OSINTtechnical commented on the images: “I can’t confirm the authenticity, but this is a Slava-class cruiser and I don’t think any of them were destroyed that way.
“There is a discrepancy between the April 15 photo date reported and the April 14 sinking date reported by Russia.”
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