I heard around 10:00 P.M. a Russian warship has been struck with a missile. Putin threatens Finland, the Sister State of Oregon.
One Of Russia’s Biggest Cruisers Just Sank Near Ukraine
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Apr 13, 2022,04:46pm EDT
A Ukrainian navy missile battery reportedly has struck the Russian navy cruiser Moskva off the coast of Odessa, a strategic port city on the Black Sea in southwest Ukraine.
Multiple Ukrainian government officials claimed Wednesday that a Neptune anti-ship battery, apparently hidden in or around Odessa, scored two hits on Moskva, setting the 612-foot vessel ablaze.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kyiv, announced the strike. So did Maksym Marchenko, head of the administration in Odessa. “Neptune missiles … caused very serious damage to the Russian ship,” Marchenko said.
An audio recording, purportedly of Ukrainian troops reporting the attack on the cruiser, circulated on social media.
Russian state media confirmed the ship was on fire and the crew evacuated, but blamed the blaze on an accidental ammunition explosion. Moskva reportedly later sank.
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The Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva continued burning Thursday but appeared to be headed under its own power to port in the Crimean city of Sevastapol, a senior Pentagon official sai
Russia’s Ministry of Defense said ammunition had exploded on Moskva as a result of a fire, according to the state news agency Tass. The ministry said the ship, which usually sails with about 500 officers and crew, was seriously damaged and the crew evacuated.
The ministry also said the fire had been contained and that the ship would be towed to port with its guided missile launchers intact.
U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said it mattered little for Russia whether the ship was hit by a missile or victimized by an unrelated fire.
“They’ve had to kind of choose choose between two stories: One story is that it was just incompetence, and the other was that they came under attack,” Sullivan said. “Neither is a particular the good outcome for them.”
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►The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it hopes to help more than 2 million people in Ukraine and neighboring countries, targeting 360,000 people within the first three months. “Longer-term financial assistance will address the needs of affected people as the crisis evolves,” the agency says.
►Ukraine’s bid to qualify for the Word Cup will resume June 1 against Scotland after its playoff semifinal in Glasgow was postponed in March because of the war. A final qualifier will be played June 5 to determine the final European team for the World Cup in Qatar.
►In one of the most crucial battles of the war, Russia said more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops had surrendered in the besieged southern port of Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces have been holding out in pockets of the city. A Ukrainian official denied the claim, which could not be verified.
Russia threatens to move nukes closer if Finland, Sweden join NATO
The entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO would force Russia to strengthen its northwestern borders and place nuclear weapons in the region, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday. Medvedev noted on his Telegram channel that the length of Russia’s land border with the NATO alliance would more than double. One of Russia’s explanations for its invasion of Ukraine was concern over possible NATO expansion there.
“Naturally, these borders will have to be strengthened. The grouping of ground forces and air defense will be seriously strengthened, and significant naval forces will be deployed in the waters of the Gulf of Finland,” Medvedev wrote, adding that keeping the region’s non-nuclear status is “out of the question.”
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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows cruiser Moskva in port Sevastopol in Crimea on April 7, 2022. The Moskva, a Russian warship in the Black Sea, was “seriously damaged” by an ammunition explosion, Russian state media said on April 14, 2022.
China dismisses US warning on Russia
China said Thursday that it will reject “any pressure or coercion” over its relationship with Russia. A day earlier Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that China and other nations that subvert the West’s sanctions against Russia could face future economic fallout for failing to help end Russia’s “heinous war” in Ukraine.
“Let’s be clear, the unified coalition of sanctioning countries will not be indifferent to actions that undermine the sanctions,” Yellen said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said his nation had “made considerable efforts to de-escalate the situation, defuse the crisis and rebuild peace.” China has refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine by strategic partner Russia, or even refer to the conflict as a war. It has abstained or sided with Moscow in votes at the U.N. following the start of the war in February.