Ukraine has designated the underwater wreck of the Russian warship Moskva as a Ukrainian cultural heritage site, according to its Defense Ministry, a week after the heavily armed flagship was sunk by two Ukrainian anti-ship missiles Neptune in the Black Sea, after which the Defense of Ukraine Minister jokingly called it “another diving spot”.
The Russian fleet has become number 2,064 in the Register of Underwater Cultural Heritage of Ukraine, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, adding that the “famous cruiser” 80 miles from Odessa , in Ukraine, can now be “admired”.
The move comes a week after U.S. intelligence confirmed Ukraine sank the flagship of the Russian fleet in its biggest warship loss in decades, likely making casualties, according to the Pentagon.
“A ‘flagship’ Russian warship is a worthy dive site. We now have one more dive spot in the Black Sea. I will definitely visit the wreck after we win the war. BTW, I already have 300 scuba dives,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov joked in a Tweeter last week after Ukraine sank the ship.
Russia initially denied reports that Ukraine had sunk its warship, claiming first that it was damaged due to a fire that caused an explosion, and later that it had sunk due to “stormy sea” conditions, although reports showed mild weather in the Black Sea. . A US defense official said the hit on the warship, which had 16 anti-ship missile launchers and 64 air defense missiles, was a major setback for Russia. The Ukrainian government mocked the Russian defeat on Twitter, in writing “Russian warship, what are you sinking? The government has used its social media accounts repeatedly to mock the Kremlin since the start of the war, including by memes. The sinking of the Russian warship came as Russia redirected its invasion towards the eastern region of Ukraine, saying this week it wanted to establish ‘full control’ over the Donbass region and southern Ukraine as part of the second phase of his army. operation.
Moskva shipwreck declared a Ukrainian Underwater Cultural Heritage (BBC) item