So do you think it was a missile strike as Ukraine suggests, or that it was an internal accident as Russia claims?
Either way it's a huge loss for Russia. The Moskva was their Flagship for the Black Sea fleet, and one of only 3 active guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy.
My money is on a missile strike, based on a couple of tells like satellite images showing the other Russian ships suddenly moving further away from the coast (odd way to prevent more "accidental fires"), or how Putin intends to escalate in "retaliation." Retaliate against Ukraine for an accidental fire?
I also suspect that the death toll was 100% regardless of how many miraculously-uninjured "rescued sailors" Russia parades in front of cameras. We're supposed to believe that everyone on board either died horribly or escaped without so much as a scratch? I'm skeptical.
The biggest rescue claim was that a Turkish ship picked up 50-54 survivors but Turkey stated that no Turkish ships were in the area at the time. It got hit at night when not much else was going on, so a lot of the sailors were probably asleep down below and almost certainly didn't make it out before the ship capsized if they survived the initial explosion(s).
FWIW, the image going around supposedly showing the ship "burning" in a satellite image is an image of the ship but it is not a thermal image of it burning. So it's not fake news but it's not an accurately-reported image, either (the sad part is that all the media outlets republishing the image leave the text on it that clearly states: "Sentinel-1 SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar)," so not IR/thermal). That image was originally published to show where the Moscow was at the time of the strike: https://www.navalnew...-as-she-burned/
Edited by TVCasualty, 17 April 2022 - 08:55 AM.