Moment Russian crew aboard sinking warship Moskva calls for help after being hit by Ukraine

Moskva’s final moments: Audio recording reveals crew frantically calling for help from sinking Putin’s flagship and saying ‘communication with deck is cut off’ as sirens sound

  • Ukraine says it hit the Moskva with two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles
  • Russia had claimed that the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet sank after a fire on board
  • Audio has now emerged of a crew member saying the ship was hit twice

A crew member of the Russian warship Moskva appears to panic and call for help before the warship sank in a new audio recording.

The Ukrainian military says the clip dates from before the sinking of the 12,490-ton cruiser, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

The crew member can be heard in the recording saying the ship has been hit twice and is now tilting to the side.

Russia previously claimed the ship sank on April 14 after an ammunition explosion caused by a storm.

Ukraine has always claimed to have used two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles to shoot down the vessel.

The leader of Vladimir Putin’s Black Fleet, Admiral Igor Osipov, has “not been seen alive” since the sinking of the Moskva and the Kremlin denies he died on board.

The ship became infamous for a clip of a Ukrainian soldier telling the Russian warship “fuck you” at the start of the war.

It is the largest Russian warship sunk since World War II and the first of a similar size since the ARA’s General Belgrano during the Falklands War in 1982.

The Ukrainian military has released audio of the sinking of the 12,490 tonne cruiser Moskva (pictured exploding), the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

It is the largest Russian warship to be sunk since World War II and the first of a similar size since the ARA's General Belgrano during the Falklands War in 1982.

It is the largest Russian warship to be sunk since World War II and the first of a similar size since the ARA’s General Belgrano during the Falklands War in 1982.

In the video, the crew member tells a tug – which appears to be providing assistance – that he is “Moskva (1)” and is “laying on his side” with “two [shell] holes below the waterline”.

He adds: “Communication with the bridge is cut off, there is silence. It goes to the side, it leans. The incline is 30 degrees. It goes sideways.

‘There is no way to move. We will try to effect a rescue of the crew.

It was also reported that the United States supported Ukraine’s story that it sank the Moskva.

A US official said the United States shared intelligence on the location of the Russian missile cruiser but did not know Ukraine planned to strike the Moskva and was not involved in the decision, according to NBC.

Russia previously claimed the ship sank on April 14 after an ammunition explosion caused by a storm.  Ukraine has always claimed to have used two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles to shoot down the ship

Russia previously claimed the ship sank on April 14 after an ammunition explosion caused by a storm. Ukraine has always claimed to have used two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles to shoot down the ship

But the Pentagon dismissed those claims, saying Ukraine had its own intelligence and means to monitor Russian ships.

Footage that appears to have been taken from a salvage vessel alongside the stricken Russian warship also shows damage to the left side of the Moskva, along with flames burning below deck and a thick puff of black smoke rising in the sky.

This week, Russian officials also insisted Commander Osipov was at his ‘fighting station’ but ‘in no mood’ to face the public after Ukraine initially said he had been arrested. following the sinking of Moskva.

But the 49-year-old was conspicuously absent from the Victory Day parade in Red Square on Monday, which he was regularly scheduled to attend and was only registered as present at meetings.

So far, Russia has only admitted one death on the Moskva, while it is clear that many more have been killed.

Many are also known to have been injured and treated in hospitals in several cities.

Images show what appears to be damage to the left side of the vessel near the waterline, smoke and fire damage along her left side, missing lifeboats and bay doors helicopter open - suggesting that the plane has taken off.  A salvage vessel also appears to be behind the distressed vessel, spraying jets of water

Images show what appears to be damage to the left side of the vessel near the waterline, smoke and fire damage along her left side, missing lifeboats and bay doors helicopter open – suggesting that the plane has taken off. A salvage vessel also appears to be behind the distressed vessel, spraying jets of water

The father of a missing sailor – presumed dead – on the battleship said after a meeting with senior brass last week: “The numbers of dead and injured on the cruiser Moskva will be clarified by the Black Sea Fleet and the Ministry of Defense when they deem it appropriate.’

Earlier he had accused them of covering up the fate of the crew, about two-thirds of whom were believed to be conscripts.

The father – Dmitry Shkrebets – said: “I hope that the causes of the senseless loss of the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet will be thoroughly investigated by the military prosecutor’s office and the FSB leadership …and that the results will be made public. of Russia.’

According to the Lithuanian Defense Minister, there were 485 crew members on board, including 66 officers, and a total of 54 crew members were rescued by a Turkish vessel.

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