Ankara (Times Of Ocean)- A Turkish ship evacuated 54 crew members onboard the cruiser Moskva of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, according to the Lithuanian Defense Minister.
Arvydas Anusauskas posted on Facebook that the Russian cruiser sent out a distress call at night.
“At 1.14 a.m., the cruiser lay on its side, and after half an hour, all the electricity went out. From 2 a.m., the Turkish ship evacuated 54 sailors from the cruiser, and at about 3 a.m., Turkiye and Romania reported that the ship had completely sunk. The related loss of Russian personnel is still unknown, although there were 485 crew on board (66 of them officers),” Anusauskas said.
Maksym Marchenko, the head of Ukraine’s Odessa Regional Military Administration, said late Wednesday that the Moskva was hit by two Neptune anti-ship missiles.