In a development that will see fists pumped in any bar in which Ukrainians drink, the Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of its vaunted Black Sea fleet, has been abandoned, with its munitions on fire.
It cannot be confirmed what fate befell the 11,500-ton vessel. Russian media admitted the ship had been seriously damaged and abandoned by her crew, suggesting an onboard accident. But Ukrainians claim it was hit by shore-based anti-ship missiles.
If so, that would be a spectacular success for Ukrainian forces, particularly as the Moskva was especially hated in Ukraine.