Attack on flagship may force Russia to review Black Sea posture — British MoD

15 April, 01:35 PM
Cruiser Moskva (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

Cruiser Moskva (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)

After losing the ships Saratov and Moskva, Russia may reconsider its positions in the Black Sea, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a tweet on April 15.

"As the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, the Moskva served a key role as both a command vessel and as an air defense node," the UK agency said.

The MoD also noted that the cruiser had undergone an extensive refit aimed at improving its capability, and only returned to service in 2021.

This is the second Russian ship since the country's full-scale invasion of Ukraine to be lost. On March 24, the large landing ship Saratov was destroyed.

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"Both events will likely lead Russia to review its maritime posture in the Black Sea," the agency said.

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